A METEOROLOGICAL SUPERCOOLED WATER AND RIME SENSOR FOR CLOUD PHYSICS RESEARCH

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$85,784.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1628
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ophir Corp.
3190 S Wadsworth Blvd #100, Lakewood, CO, 80235
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Loren D. Nelson
President
(303) 986-1512
Business Contact:
DR. LOREN D. NELSON
PRESIDENT
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
WE PROPOSE A NEW QUANTITATIVE SUPERCOOLED WATER AND RIME-ICE ACCRETION SENSOR TECHNOLOGY FOR USE IN ATMOSPHERIC AND CLOUD-PHYSICS RESEARCH. THE DEVICE HAS NO MOVING PARTS, IS ELECTRONIC RATHER THAT MECHANICAL, AND WEIGHS LESS THAN 1 OUNCE. IT USES THE BASIC PHYSICS OF LOW FREQUENCY PHASE-LOCKED INDUCED SAMPLE QUADRATURE CURRENT TO CONFIGURE A FROZEN WATER SPECIFIC QUANTITATIVE SENSING PROBE. IN PHASE I WE WILL CONSTRUCT AND EVALUATE A PROTOTYPE IN THE LABORATORY TO DEMONSTRATE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY. IN PHASE II WE WILL REENGINEER THE PROTOTYPE TO AN AIRWORTHY SENSOR AND SUBJECT IT TO A RESEARCH PROGRAM OF RAWINDSONDE AND AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TESTS IN SUPERCOOLED CLOUD CONDITIONS IN COOPERATION WITH DR. WAYNE SAND OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING. THE GOAL OF THESE BASIC RESEARCH EFFORTS IS THE DESIGN OF A NEW RESEARCH INSTRUMENT TO INVESTIGATE AND MEASURE SUPERCOOLED WATER AND ATMOSPHERIC RIMING CONDITIONS. WE EXPECT THE TECHNOLOGY WILL BE LIGHT AND LOW-POWER ENOUGH TO BE ROUTINELY USED ON RAWINDSONDE BALLOONS TO IMPROVE AVIATION ICING FORECASTS.

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