Ceramic Materials Optimization and Thermocouple Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-C-5207
Agency Tracking Number: F083-079-1408
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-079
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
MesoScribe Technologies, Inc.
7 Flowerfield, Suite 28, St. James, NY, -
DUNS: 083265558
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Brogan
 (631) 686-5710
Business Contact
 Richard Gambino
Title: CTO
Phone: (631) 686-5710
Email: rgambino@mesoscribe.com
Research Institution
MesoScribe Technologies will improve the performance of ceramic thermocouples for applications in gas turbine engines. A number of semi-conducting ceramic oxides have been identified as temperature sensors in Phase I. The Phase II project will optimize the material’s chemistry and sensor fabrication processing to yield stable thermoelectric output at 1250°C. Sensor performance and durability will be validated on coupons using high temperature furnace and burner rig testing. Ceramic sensor compatibility with conventional thermal barrier coatings will be assessed and requite dielectric coatings will be developed. Components will be selected during the project and instrumented with thermocouples for engine testing to enable a TRL-5 / TRL-6 by project-end. BENEFIT: The capability to monitor the health of aircraft engine components and prognosticate system performance in real-time is required for a number of military aircraft and weapons platforms. Operating temperatures are being pushed higher requiring the use of highly engineered materials and protective thermal barrier coatings. Ceramic thermocouple sensors will be developed for use in extreme environments. Specific applications of interest include gas turbine engine components for aero turbofans and power generation, thermal protection systems, hypersonic engine instrumentation, and aerospace components.

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