High Temperature Energy Harvesting Solution for Autonomous Wireless Sensor Networks in Aircraft Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-C-2311
Agency Tracking Number: F103-201-0666
Amount: $749,975.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-201
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Arkansas Power Electronics International
535 W. Research Center Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, -
DUNS: 121539790
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jie Yang
 Research Engineer
 (479) 443-5759
Business Contact
 Sharmila Mounce
Title: Business Operations Manag
Phone: (479) 443-5759
Email: smounce@apei.net
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: This Phase II SBIR will focus on the development of a high temperature (225°C) wirelessly powered, distributed wireless network for use in jet turbines. The network nodes will be capable of supporting sensors to monitor environmental variables or actuators for system controls. The nodes will be powered via a magnetically coupled RF energy transmission system. Resonant coupling systems will allow low power sensor nodes to be powered continuously. Actuator nodes will require a capacitive based energy storage system that provides greater amounts of power in short pulses. Communication with the sensor nodes will also necessitate the development of a high temperature transceiver. This transceiver will be based on HTSOI electronics and employ a high temperature microcontroller for data management. This microcontroller will also be used to control the actuators. BENEFIT: The flexibility obtained by being able to locate sensors and actuators anywhere (<225°C) in an engine environment will be very valuable to the turbine industry. Engineers will be able to employ this system to quickly make and test design changes. This system will also be useful in health monitoring applications by allow sensor placement without regard to energy harvesting capabilities of the specific location.

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