Plasma Sensor for High Bandwidth Mass-Flow Measurements at High Mach Numbers with RF Link

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CG78P
Agency Tracking Number: 105158
Amount: $99,751.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Spectral Energies, LLC
OH, Dayton, OH, 45431-1262
DUNS: 782766831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sivaram Gogineni
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 266-9570
Business Contact
 Sivaram Gogineni
Title: Business Official
Phone: (937) 266-9570
Research Institution
The proposal is aimed at the development of a miniature high bandwidth (1 MHz class) plasma sensor for flow measurements at high enthalpies. This device uses a plasma discharge between two encapsulated electrodes as the primary sensing element to measure various flow parameters including mass flow. The advantages of the plasma sensor are that it requires no frequency compensation up to its A.C. carrier frequency, has an amplitude-modulated output that has excellent common-mode rejection with a signal-to-noise ratio that is much better than a hot-wire, is robust with no sensor element to break, can have a small spatial volume, and is insensitive to temperature variations making calibration easier than thermal-based sensors. This sensor has applications for measurements in gas-turbine machinery, shock tubes, shock-boundary layer experiments, high-enthalpy hypersonic flows, and in plasma-laden flows such as on reentry vehicles. The output from the sensor is wirelessly transmitted and can be remotely demodulated and converted into the constituent mean and fluctuating components. The proposed effort is designed to advance and expand the capabilities of the plasma sensor for high Mach number flows.

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