A Highly Integrated Multifunctional Optical Sensor for Monitoring Weapons Health

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0317
Agency Tracking Number: A043-175-2611
Amount: $729,966.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-175
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
515 Courtney Way Suite B,, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 128688111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Schaible
 (303) 516-9075
Business Contact
 Bill Garrett
Title: VP Operations
Phone: (303) 516-9075
Email: bill@sporian.com
Research Institution
Knowledge and control of the chemical environment are critical for the health of battlefield and stored weapon systems. Investigations of age-related performance degradation indicate that energetic components are sensitive to environmental factors and precise monitoring of the degradation products (specifically NO2) provides the capability to significantly and safely extend ordnance component service life. Unfortunately, in addition to being cumbersome, traditional electrical/mechanical sensors require the exposure of mechanical elements, or current and voltage carrying electronics, to the environment, resulting in reduced utility in degenerative or combustible environments. The objective of the phase II work is the development of a highly integrated optical sensor and associated electronics with excellent NO2 sensing capabilities, broadly applicable to many environmental monitoring applications, but uniquely suited to weapons propellant monitoring due to its optical nature, very small size, in-situ monitoring capability, low power consumption, and high reliability. The technical approach is to combine advantageous sensor technologies, aggressive electronics packaging, and facilitating communications to realize functionality targets without compromising utility. This work will include: detailed design specification, several generations of prototyping, laboratory testing of integrated and non-integrated components, software/firmware implementation, and demonstration in a high fidelity laboratory environment as to achieve Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6.

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