Fiber Optic Detonation Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$702,531.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0211
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4504
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-129
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
20600 Gramercy Place, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator
 Juan Hodelin
 Group Leader
 (310) 320-3088
 EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Addressing the Army need for an innovative sensor to accurately measure the detonation properties of explosives and propellants, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) developed in Phase I a new Fiber Optic Detonation Sensor (FIODS) system. Based on a novel combination of fiber optic sensors for velocity, pressure, and temperature, the FIODS system consists of fiber optic probes inserted into/attached to the explosive under test, and the remote processing that detects and processes the optical signals continuously at microsecond timescales. In Phase I, POC designed and developed FIODS probes that can safely attach to explosive materials and experimentally demonstrated the feasibility of using fiber optic sensors to measure blast wave parameters. In Phase II, POC will design, fabricate, package, test, and demonstrate a FIODS that can be safely embedded into an energetic material to support measurement of the blast wave parameters. The Phase II testing of FIODS system will include measurements of the detonation wave propagation parameters of explosives at the Redstone Arsenal range administered through the vendor. POC will use the Phase II FIODS system to characterize existing propellants and explosives to demonstrate the ability to obtain accurate and reliable data that can be used to validate theoretical models.

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