NASA SBIR 00-1 SOLICITATION

FORM 9B - PROJECT SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER 00-1 06.03-8878 (Chron: 001123 )
PROJECT TITLE
SiC Fiber Optic Sensors for Turbine Engine Monitoring



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 miniaturized acceleration, skin friction and pressure sensors capable of operating at extremely high temperatures and pressures for the design, development, and operation of next generation engines. These sensors must be able to withstand pressures in excess of 50 atm., temperatures in excess of 2700 C (4900 F), and heat flux levels as high as 5000 kJ/m2/s. These conditions far exceed the capabilities of conventional metal and electronic sensors. Luna Innovations proposes to develop fiber optic SiC acceleration, pressure and skin friction sensors capable of surviving in the elevated temperature and vibrational environment of a turbine engine.



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)
Wade J. 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