Novel High-Temperature Pressure Sensors for Extreme Service Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CF94P
Agency Tracking Number:
104637
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Eltron Research & Development, Inc.
4600 Nautilus Court South, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
029303690
Principal Investigator:
David Gribble, Jr.
Principal Investigator
(303) 530-0263
eltron@eltronresearch.com
Business Contact:
James Beck
Business Official
(303) 530-0263
sbeck@eltronresearch.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This Phase I research will result in a prototype high temperature pressure sensing cell based on the piezoresistive properties of platinum:tungsten alloys. The Eltron Research & Development sensor will be based on a flexible, circular nickel-alloy diaphragm onto which the sensor electrodes will be deposited via sputter coating. A series of insulating and conducting thin-films will comprise the pressure sensing element and an inert protective top-coat will protect the underlying materials from oxidizing/reducing environments and potential degradation from space weather. The prototype sensor will make exclusive use of high-temperature materials in order to facilitate continuous operation in the 550Â?1200 deg. C range (significantly higher than currently available commercial pressure sensors). A technology readiness level (TRL) of 4 will be achieved by the conclusion of Phase I. Phase II research will package the prototype cell into appropriate hardware with all of the necessary on-board electronics for full transducer operation and proceed towards TRL 8.

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