Passive Wireless Multi-Sensor Temperature and Pressure Sensing System Using Acoustic Wave Devices

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNK04OA28C
Agency Tracking Number: 030066
Amount: $99,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
62 Corporate Court, Bowling Green, KY, 42103-6673
DUNS: 14776
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jacqueline Hines
 Principal Investigator
 (410) 349-8940
 jhines@ieee.org
Business Contact
 Hank Wohltjen
Title: Chief Technical Officer
Phone: (270) 745-0099
Email: hw@microsensorsystems.com
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Not Available
 Office of Research, 12443 Research Parkway, Suite 207
Orlando, FL, 32826
 (407) 823-0138
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
This proposal describes the development of passive surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors and multi-sensor systems for NASA application to remote wireless sensing of temperature and pressure distributions in space vehicles and demanding environments. SAW devices are a mature technology used in numerous commercial wireless communication applications, satellites, and military systems. Research into the use of SAW devices as solid-state physical sensors is a relatively recent development, with potential emerging applications such as automotive tire pressure sensing. Much of the work reported has focused on single sensor devices and systems, with little work done on dense multi-sensor systems. The system proposed herein consists of multiple passive solid-state SAW sensors that can be interrogated remotely using RF signals, and that respond with a signal that encodes both the sensor's identity as well as measurements of temperature and pressure. The proposed research will study several innovative aspects of SAW sensor technology, including: new piezoelectric materials which can operate over large temperature ranges; new SAW device embodiments for measurement of temperature and pressure and their wireless transmission in multi-sensor environments; transceiver design and optimization given the SAW operating parameters; and innovative packaging and antenna considerations for rugged, small devices.

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