Optical Fuel Leak Sensor for Missile Canisters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,958.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
36020
Agency Tracking Number:
36020
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
18006 Skypark Circle #108, Irvine, CA, 92614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Segall, Ph.d.
(714) 553-0688
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Fuel leaks inside missile canisters pose a significant risk to missile performance and nearby personnel. Electro-mechanical or electro-chemical sensors can potentially trigger ignition in the presence of high fuel concentrations. Therefore, there is a need for a new sensor technology that does not rely on electrical signals. We propose a feasibility study to determine the applicability of a sensor system that employs an entirely optical sensor head inside the missile canister, thereby eliminating the possibility of a sensor-induced explosion. The proposed sensor heads would be small lightweight, rugged and inexpensive. Several sensor heads could be interfaced to the light source and signal processor, thereby leading to a lower cost per measurement point. The results of the Phase I effort will be used to design a prototype commercial for Phase II development. The Phase II effort will involve field tests of the instrument at an Air Force site and the initiation of a commercialization program.

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