Nanotechnology-Based Condition Monitoring Sensors for Generation IV Electrical Insulation Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,960.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER86407
Award Id:
90409
Agency Tracking Number:
91613
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
372 River Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
138739508
Principal Investigator:
CWong
Dr
(404) 894-8391
cp.wong@mse.gatech.edu
Business Contact:
KennethWatkins
Mr
(706) 864-6304
kwatkins@alltel.net
Research Institute:
Georgia Tech
C P Wong
Scholl of MaterialsScience and Engineering
Atlanta, GA, 30332
(404) 894-9140
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Generation IV nuclear power plants will require new condition monitoring methods in order to provide lower installation and operating costs, and continued improvements in operating efficiency. This project will develop a nanotechnology-based sensor that directly detects degradation of electrical insulation in wire, cable, motors, generators, and transformers, and warns operators before serious degradation occurs. Compared to previous methods, the new sensor will reduce costs, because it will be able to be read by operators without expensive equipment or specialized training. These tiny, in situ sensors will be made of the same polymeric components as the insulation itself, enabling their response to be matched exactly with the insulation being monitored. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to the application to nuclear power plants, the sensors should find use in monitoring the degradation of virtually any polymeric component, including seals and gaskets, tires, belts, plastic pipes and hoses, fuel cell membranes, wind turbines, and aerospace structures. Because the sensors are passive and respond to degradation effects without power, they also could be incorporated into Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices that not only would identity an item, but also would automatically adjust the item¿s shelf-life.

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