Flat Plate Erosion Sensor for Wind Eroding Mass

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2007-33610-17961
Award Id:
83638
Agency Tracking Number:
2007-00386
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
RR 1 Box 38, Portland, ND, 58274
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PaulStockton
(701) 786-3375
sensit@polarcomm.com
Business Contact:
PaulStockton
Owner
(701) 786-3375
sensit@polarcomm.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This study will determine the feasibility and effectiveness of the new sensors design by comparative analysis of laboratory wind tunnel and field saltation data to that of existingvertically oriented sensors.The wind erosion sensor provides high resolution data of saltatingparticles allowingthe determination of threshold of movement i.e.,the wind energy required to cause particle movement.Existingsaltation sensors are positioned vertically above the surface at some height within the saltation layer.This vertical obstruction disturbs the aerodynamic medium by creatingturbulence and various other undesirable effects.The proposed saltation sensor is designed as a flat surface emulatingthe surface of the ground thus promotingnatural saltation activity, producingzero turbulence,eliminatingreverse direction particle activity from bouncingoff obstructingsensor surfaces and does not allow the creation of scouringeffects at the base of protrudingvertical sensors.There is a demand by erosion researchers for an inexpensive sensor of these attributes.Feasibility of this device can be accomplished through this effort coupled with our extensive background as the producer of the current research standard of erosion sensors.Furthermore,the proposed sensor can be produced for 1/2the cost of current saltation sensors.

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