High Temperature Sensor Materials Optimization and Fabrication Methods

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-09-M-5219
Award Id:
92837
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-079-0665
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ACREE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Currently Acree Technologies Incorporated)
1980 Olivera Ave, Suite D, Concord, CA, 94520
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149397015
Principal Investigator:
Mike McFarland
Principal Investigator
(925) 798-5770
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact:
Ann Mulville
Senior Contracts Administ
(925) 798-5770
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of using an innovative, nanoparticle inkjet process for directly writing high temperature health monitoring sensors on turbine engine and thermal protection system components without the need for expensive sputtering, CVD, clean room or photolithography equipment. The inkjet process allows sophisticated sensor geometries and material combinations to be produced on the component in a matter of minutes as opposed to the hours needed to produce the sensors using the conventional clean room/sputtering approach. The nanoparticle inkjet process is capable of applying a wide variety of ceramic and refractory metal materials. In this project a number of ceramic materials will be investigated for high temperature strain and TC sensor use. These materials are conductive ceramics that are stable at high temperatures in air and oxidizing environments up to or exceeding 1600o C. BENEFIT: The development of low cost, robust, high temperature sensors will allow: 1) the monitoring of critical structures for degradation during space vehicle reentry, 2) measuring the operating parameters in extremely hot environments such as the compressor and turbine sections to validate computer modeling codes, 3) allow active control of pressure surges in turbine engines, 4) allow the ability to diagnose turbine engine and thermal protection system health and estimate component capability for future missions, 5) and help reduce the significant costs of testing and qualifying turbine engines.

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