Development of Spectrum Pyrometer for Temperature measurement in Turbine Engine Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-04-M-0020
Agency Tracking Number: F041-288-2817
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-288
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 M. Samandi
 Senior Engineer
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 R. Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A novel non-contact, non-intrusive spectrum pyrometer is being proposed for temperature measurement (> 300 ºC) in hostile environments such as those prevailing in turbine engines. The advantages of this spectrum pyrometer compared to other commercially available ones are: I) lower cost- almost by a factor of 10, II) absolutely no requirement for any knowledge about the spectral emissivity of the target, III) open architecture software that can be easily integrated with the process control software and IV) ability to visualize temporal and spatial distribution of the temperature and V) insensitivity to reflected radiation. Preliminary investigation at MER has established the effectiveness of the first prototype system. This project aims to further develop the system for eventual commercialization by improving the data acquisition and handling procedure as well as incorporating the focusing and collimating lens assembly to allow measurement of temperature distribution with a resolution better than 0.125". During phase 1, MER will, in collaboration with the technical monitor, test and validate the capabilities of the spectrum pyrometer in turbine engine with existing port for pyrometry.

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