In-situ Measurement of Automotive Fluids Degradation by Micro-ESR Spectrometry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-06-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number: A052-223-1969
Amount: $119,735.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-223
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
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One Merrill Crossing, Bow, NH, 03304
DUNS: 009643904
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James White
 Senior Engineer
 (617) 818-3332
Business Contact
 Richard Slocum
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (603) 672-7007
Research Institution
Optimized preventative maintenance schedules and in-situ monitoring of vehicle fluid conditions are essential for vehicle reliability, especially when operating in extreme conditions. In the particular case of engine oil, while many types of sensors exist, none directly measure in real time the chemical changes occurring as the oil degrades. A novel, miniature electron spin resonance oil condition sensor that electronically detects free radical concentration in engine oil is proposed. In combination with commercially-available pH, dielectric and humidity sensors adapted for automotive use, a full suite of onboard vehicle fluid diagnostic sensors can be implemented.

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