Ultra-High Range Thermocouples for Turbine Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-09-M-0004
Agency Tracking Number: F083-260-1416
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-260
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
25 Health Sciences Drive, Suite 125, Stony Brook, NY, 11790
DUNS: 083265558
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Gutleber
 Project Engineer
 (631) 444-6691
 jgutleber@mesoscribe.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Brogan
Title: CEO
Phone: (631) 444-6645
Email: jbrogan@mesoscribe.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An approach is proposed to integrate materials into harsh environment diagnostic systems capable of measuring temperatures of 3500°F.  Sensor prototypes of both noble metal and ceramic thermocouples will be fabricated and assessed to determine which iterations exhibit the most favorable characteristics required for use at ultra-high temperature.  MesoScribe Technologies will apply its Mesoplasma Direct Write process, a high-precision derivative of thermal spray technology, to fabricate the selected materials as durable sensor architectures.  The proposed sensors are anticipated to enable robust direct monitoring of turbine inlet temperature which will minimize fuel consumption while maximizing turbine efficiency and life BENEFITS: The capability to directly monitor the ultra-high temperature of the turbine section of an aircraft engine currently is extremely limited. The proposed sensors are anticipated to enable robust direct monitoring of turbine inlet temperature which will minimize fuel consumption while maximizing turbine efficiency and life. Turbine inlet thermocouple sensors will be developed for use in extreme environments and are applicable to both aerospace as well as power generating turbine systems. Other extreme temperature applications for the proposed thermocouple sensors are hypersonic propulsion systems and thermal protection systems.

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