Durable Fiber-Optic Temperature Sensor for Coal Gasifiers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-02ER86144
Agency Tracking Number: 70128B02-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Micromaterials, Inc.
6604 Harney Road, Suite F, Tampa, FL, 33610
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rex Lee
 (813) 627-0474
Business Contact
 Rex Lee
Phone: (813) 627-0474
Email: micromaterials@yahoo.com
Research Institution
 University of South Florida
 Jain C Suresh
 4202 Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33620
 Nonprofit college or university
70128 The efficient operation of coal gasifiers, a leading alternate energy technology, requires continuous temperature monitoring at several strategic locations within the reactor. However, the extreme temperature, pressure, and corrosiveness of the gasifier atmosphere makes this a difficult task, and existing temperature sensors are grossly inadequate for this application. This project will develop a fiber-optic temperature sensor with a monolithic crystalline construction. The sensor will be protected by a ceramic yttrium aluminum garnet sheath. In Phase I, the response and stability of a probe consisting of a doubly doped crystalline yttrium aluminum garnet will be characterized. The corrosion of the sheath material by constituents found in gasifiers will be investigated. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: A durable fiber-optic temperature sensor with high temperature capability should find applications not only in coal-gasifier plants but also in glass and paper industries.

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