Extreme Environment SiC Wireless Sensor Suite for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Engines

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,982.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX11CF66P
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
104252
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.03
Small Business Information
Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc.
AR, Fayetteville, AR, 72701-7175
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
121539790
Principal Investigator
 Jie Yang
 Principal Investigator
 (479) 443-5759
 jyang@apei.net
Business Contact
 Sharmila Mounce
Title: Business Official
Phone: (479) 443-5759
Email: smounce@apei.net
Research Institution
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Abstract
In this program, APEI, Inc. will build on successful demonstrations of SiC-based wireless transmitter designs in high temperature and high mechanical load environments to develop silicon carbide (SiC) based integrated wireless sensor-transmitter suites for extreme temperature operation in nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) engines. These sensor suites will allow for the realÂ?time monitoring of critical engine components, reducing the risk of catastrophic failure and decreasing the inherent risk associated with NTP operation. Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc. (APEI, Inc.) will prove the feasibility of the concept and design through the successful demonstration of a prototype SiC wireless sensor suite operating in excess of 450<SUP>o</SUP>C at the conclusion of Phase I.

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