Temperature, Heat Flux and Recession Sensing for Ablative Thermal Protection Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CA05C
Agency Tracking Number: 114137
Amount: $741,794.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: X9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2760 Beverly Drive, Unit 4, Aurora, IL, 60502-8604
DUNS: 927258277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Yuhas
 Principal Investigator
 (630) 236-5901
Business Contact
 Donald Yuhas
Title: Business Official
Phone: (630) 236-5901
Email: dyuhas@imsysinc.com
Research Institution
The Phase I program demonstrated the efficacy of real-time of ultrasonic recession measurements on low density TPS materials. Measurements on internal echoes established the feasibility of non-intrusive temperature measurements. In the Phase II program we will continue to improve, optimize, and extend the technology. Sensors with better elevated temperature performance will be developed and configured for ablation measurements. Instrumentation with improved low frequency and more robust time-of flight algorithms will be incorporated into the system. Configurations with multiple sensors suitable for mapping recession profiles will be evaluated. The measurement technique will be applied and measurement results verified through a series of ablation tests where the real-time recession data will be quantitatively compared to that obtained from post-ablation analysis.

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