Nanostructured Material for Accurate and Fast Tracking of Cryogenic Temperatures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNS04AA31C
Agency Tracking Number: 036000
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: F7.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031-4429
DUNS: 167433531
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Tirumalai Sudarshan
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 560-1371
Business Contact
 Tirumalai Sudarshan
Title: President
Phone: (703) 560-1371
Research Institution
The use of cryogenic propellants in next-generation launch vehicles and rockets relies to a great extent on the availability of rugged, high accuracy (0.2%), fast response sensors to measure the temperature, flow and fluid levels under high pressure and high flow-rate conditions. Current cryogenic sensors suffer from a variety of defects such as inaccuracy, slow response, and narrow temperature range of operation. Materials Modification, Inc. proposes to overcome the above drawbacks with Nanotechnology. The aim of this proposed research is to use nanotechnology to improve the temperature-dependent electrical resistance of an RTD material for the fabrication of cryosensors. An in-house microwave plasma process will be used to synthesize nanoparticles of the sensor material, which will be used to fabricate a nanostructured cryosensor element, which is accurate, and exhibits fast response even under flow conditions. Subsequent Phase II work will aim at fabricating a commercial RTD using the nanostructured material.

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