INNOVATIVE FIBER LASER FURNACE

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 16901
Amount: $328,984.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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Abstract
THE INNOVATIVE FIBER LASER FURNACE OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY IN THE SINGLE-CRYSTAL FIBER TESTING LABORATORY. SINGLE-CRYSTAL FIBER RESEARCH INVOLVES THE PRODUCTION OF NEW SINGLE-CRYSTAL FIBERS WITH SUBSEQUENT STRENGTH TESTING. EXTENSIVE TESTING REQUIRES HEATING THE FIBER TO THE OPERATIONAL TEMPERATURES OF THE FIBERS APPLICATION. IN THIS CASE, PROBLEMS OCCUR WITH THE HEATING OF A SMALL MASS THAT IS SURROUNDED BY A MASSIVE TESTING MACHINE. TYPICALLY, USE OF BULK-TYPE RESISTANCE HEATERS REQUIRES LARGE AMOUNTS OF ELECTRIC POWER TO REACH THE TESTING TEMPERATURES. THESE HEATERS ALSO HEAT UP THE FIBER CLAMPS AND SURROUNDING MACHINE, INCREASING THE DIFFICULTY OF MEASUREMENT. THIS PROJECT INVESTIGATES A LASER-HEATED FURNACE TO FACILITATE THE TESTING OF AEROSPACE FIBERS. THE INNOVATIVE FIBER LASER FURNACE OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY IN THE SINGLE-CRYSTAL FIBER TESTING LABORATORY. SINGLE-CRYSTAL FIBER RESEARCH INVOLVES THE PRODUCTION OF NEW SINGLE-CRYSTAL FIBERS WITH SUBSEQUENT STRENGTH TESTING. EXTENSIVE TESTING REQUIRES HEATING THE FIBER TO THE OPERATIONAL TEMPERATURES OF THE FIBERS APPLICATION. IN THIS CASE, PROBLEMS OCCUR WITH THE HEATING OF A SMALL MASS THAT IS SURROUNDED BY A MASSIVE TESTING MACHINE. TYPICALLY, USE OF BULK-TYPE RESISTANCE HEATERS REQUIRES LARGE AMOUNTS OF ELECTRIC POWER TO REACH THE TESTING TEMPERATURES. THESE HEATERS ALSO HEAT UP THE FIBER CLAMPS AND SURROUNDING MACHINE, INCREASING THE DIFFICULTY OF MEASUREMENT. THIS PROJECT INVESTIGATES A LASER-HEATED FURNACE TO FACILITATE THE TESTING OF AEROSPACE FIBERS.

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