A Miniature Non-Contact Rail Temperature Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$300,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DTRT57-10-C-10083
Award Id:
90015
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-09-C-10023
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
081-FR2
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1291 Cumberland Avenue, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN, 47906
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
944533009
Principal Investigator:
Yudaya Sivathanu
Technical Director
(765) 497-3269
Yudaya.Sivanthanu@enurga.com
Business Contact:
Deepa Divakaran
Business Manager
(765) 497-3269
deepa.divakaran@enurga.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract

 

This SBIR project will develop a low cost sensor to obtain rail temperatures from a moving train.  The two innovative parts of the proposed sensor are (1) a rugged four wavelength high frequency sensor that accurately measures the natural radiation emitted by the rails, and (2) an advanced algorithm that provides a emissivity compensated temperature from these measurements.

The feasibility of the sensor was established during the Phase I research.  For the Phase II work, a prototype sensor will be designed, fabricated and evaluated under field conditions.  There are four tasks planned for the Phase II work.  (1) Design and fabrication of a prototype sensor, (2) Optimization of software for the sensor, (3) Field evaluation of the prototype sensor, and (4) additional modifications/improvements to the senor based on the field evaluations.  The field evaluations of the sensor will at the end of the Phase II work, a rugged sensor will be provided to the Department of Transportation for continued experimentation and evaluation.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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