Very Low Profile Non-Intrusive Data Acquisition Systems for Turbine High Temperature Bearing Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,984.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-5209
Award Id:
86593
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-040-0710
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
535 W. Research Center Blvd., Suite 209, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121539790
Principal Investigator:
RobertoSchupbach
Senior Engineering Manager
(479) 443-5759
mschupb@apei.net
Business Contact:
SharmilaMounce
Business Operations Manager
(479) 443-5759
smounce@apei.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
APEI, Inc. is proposing to develop a low profile, non-intrusive, high temperature (300 degrees C) bearing data transmitter system that will allow the in-situ monitoring and diagnostic of bearing health. The proposed high-temperature data transmitter system will be built on high temperature flexible substrates with integrated and thin film deposited electronics, eventually including thin film deposited wide band-gap silicon carbide or gallium nitride transistors (thus, eliminating wire bonds and die attaches). Bearing data will be wirelessly transmitted from the bearing sensor to a closely placed receiver unit. Signal paths will be "written" onto the surface of the turbine components, leading out of the turbine (thus eliminating the need for physical wiring, or eliminating the need to overcome the challenges of penetrating the turbine casing with RF wireless signal transmissions). The goal of this Phase I is to explore different design options with the objective of developing a high-temperature data transmitter design approach that is simple in concept, minimizes mechanical modifications, will utilize many electronics already proven reliable at high temperature, and shall present an adaptable approach that can be easily transitioned to other engine components.

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