Passive, Wireless Sensors for Turbine Engine Airfoils

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-10-M-5113
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-124-1353
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-124
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Acree Technologies Incorporated
1980 Olivera Ave, Suite D, Concord, CA, 94520
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149397015
Principal Investigator:
Mike McFarland
Principal Scientist
(925) 798-5770
mcfarland@acreetech.com
Business Contact:
Ann Mulville
Contract Manager
(925) 798-5770
mulville@acreetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of using a nanoparticle inkjet process to fabricate wireless temperature and pressure sensors on turbine engine airfoils for Integrated System Health Management. The approach will use a circuit constructed of passive components that will readout the temperature or pressure. The state of the sensor circuit will be determined by the resonant response from an outside transmitter/receiver. The sensors will be constructed from proven high-temperature materials that meet the project goal of stable material properties up to 650o C (1200o F). BENEFIT: The development of low cost, robust, high temperature sensors will allow: 1) For measuring the operating parameters in extremely hot environments such as the compressor and turbine sections to validate computer modeling codes, 2) Allow active control of pressure surges in turbine engines, 3) Allow the ability to diagnose turbine engine system health and estimate component capability for future missions, thereby reducing the cost of ownership 4) And help reduce the significant costs of testing and qualifying turbine engines.

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