Extreme Environment SiC Wireless Sensor Suite for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Engines

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,982.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CF66P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
104252
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AR, Fayetteville, AR, 72701-7175
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121539790
Principal Investigator:
Jie Yang
Principal Investigator
(479) 443-5759
jyang@apei.net
Business Contact:
Sharmila Mounce
Business Official
(479) 443-5759
smounce@apei.net
Research Institution:
Stub




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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