Combustion/Emission Species Monitoring Ground and Flight Aeronautical Research Using a Gas Microsensor Array

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CA15C
Agency Tracking Number: 104692
Amount: $804,090.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A4.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder Street, Chico, CA, 95973-9064
DUNS: 933302655
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darby Makel
 Principal Investigator
 (530) 895-2771
Business Contact
 Darby Makel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (530) 895-2771
Research Institution
The goal of this program is to develop a miniaturized and in-situ operated gas microsensor array for the real time monitoring of chemical composition of turbine engine combustors and/or exhaust streams to improve NASA's aeronautical flight test capabilities. Phase II will develop a high temperature microsensor array suitable for incorporation in engines, as installed in aircraft. Sensor arrays developed by our team and research partners have been demonstrated for ground test usage to quantify composition of critical constituents in turbine engine exhaust products, e.g., CO, CO2, NOx, O2 and HC. To date, our research efforts for exhaust monitoring have focused on ground applications, such as installations in stationary rigs for engine development. The goal of the proposed program is to build on knowledge accumulated on ground-based systems to develop a flyable prototype. The program will leverage test opportunities in larger research programs to move through the maturation steps from ground-based to flyable systems. The microsensor array probe, cabling and control electronics will be developed to withstand the harsh environment of an aircraft engine. Initial tests will be performed with the prototype installed the engine of a grounded airplane. Beyond Phase II, full flight tests are envisioned.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government