Materials Discovery for High Temperature Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,846.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
FA9550-07-C-0128
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-002-0264
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF07-T002
Small Business Information
LAMBDA INSTRUMENTS, INC.
840 University City Blvd, Suite 4, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
133461553
Principal Investigator
 Jon Greene
 Chief Technology Officer
 (540) 953-1796
 jgreene@lambdainc.com
Business Contact
 Jon Greene
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (540) 953-1796
Email: jgreene@lambdainc.com
Research Institution
 VIRGINIA TECH
 Ishwar Puri
 Department of ESM
223 Norris Hall
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
 (540) 231-3243
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
During Phase I, Lambda Instruments proposes to extend these initial sapphire optical fiber sensor demonstrations to single-crystal, yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y203-ZrO2). While already demonstrated sapphire optical fiber-based sensors can withstand temperatures as high as 3600 ºF, stabilized zirconia-based sensors offer the possibility of implementing sensors in corrosive environments at temperatures as high as 4700 ºF. Lambda has assembled a highly-qualified development team consisting of combustion engineers, material scientists, and business specialists within Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and Pratt & Whitney (East Hartford, CT) who were carefully chosen to complement Lambda's strong in-house optoelectronic sensor capabilities. The development team proposes to perform an ambitious but achievable Phase I feasibility study designed with an appropriate balance of scientific innovation and break-through engineering. Scientific innovation will be required for the in-house fabrication of stabilized-zirconia waveguides which are currently not commercially available anywhere in the world. To balance the technical risk inherent in transforming raw cubic zirconia into high-quality, micrometer-scale optical waveguides, we propose a parallel effort during Phase I to study techniques for packaging optical-quality, commercially-available sapphire optical fibers into a functional sensor arrangement for measurement of strain, temperature, and pressure.

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