NASA SBIR 00-1 SOLICITATION

FORM 9B - PROJECT SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER 00-1 05.01-8726 (Chron: 001275 )
PROJECT TITLE
Carbon Nanotube-Fiber Optic Skin Friction and Temperature Sensor



TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
NASA's Aviation Safety Program teams with the FAA and the aerospace industry to achieve large strides in aircraft safety under Pillar One of the Aerospace Technology Enterprise's Three Pillars for Success, "Global Civil Aviation," and aims to improve aviation safety five-fold over the next 10 years and ten-fold over the next 25 years. To achieve this goal, improved health monitoring systems are required to provide maintenance personnel with accurate information of critical aircraft components to schedule preventive maintenance and indicate impending failure. There is a clear need for extremely miniaturized skin friction and temperature sensors for the design, development, and operation of next generation engines. Using leading-edge carbon nanotube and fiber optic technologies, Luna will develop skin friction and temperature sensors smaller than ever possible, allowing point measurements previously unobtainable. These sensors will give fluid dynamicists new insight to flowfields giving feedback to design engineers for future vehicle designs and feedback to on-line health monitoring systems in the completed system.



POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
Research in the high temperature instrumentation area will provide transducers with commercial uses that will include 1) transportation system design, development and operation, 2) the metal, ceramic, semiconductor, and wood processing industries, and 3) the power generation and monitoring systems for coal-fired, nuclear and fuel-cell technologies.



NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Dr. Wade Pulliam
Luna Innovations Incorporated
2851 Commerce Street
Blacksburg , VA   24060 - 6657



NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Luna Innovations Incorporated
2851 Commerce Street
Blacksburg , VA   24060 - 6657