NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 A1.02-9326
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sensing and Diagnostic Capability for Aircraft Aging and Damage
PROPOSAL TITLE: New Wireless Sensors for Diagnostics under Harsh Environments

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Krystal Engineering LLC
1429 Chaffee Drive, Suite 1
Titusville, FL 32780 - 7929
(321) 264-9822

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Christine K. Rivenbark
ckr@krystalengineering.com
1429 Chaffee Drive, Suite 1
Titusville, FL 32780 - 7929
(321) 264-9822

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
There is an acute need for robust sensors and sensor systems capable of operation in harsh environments. In particular, high temperature passive wireless surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors are highly desirable for improving safety and efficiency in aviation and space vehicles. Such sensors are used for the detection of fuel leaks in engines, fire in its initial stages, fuel flow modulation and control and monitoring, and in-flight NDE and diagnostics of vehicles. In this project, we will 1) develop a relatively new crystal material suitable for high-temperature SAWs; 2) design SAW sensors and investigate extremely high temperature operation (up to 1000oC) of the SAW sensor embodiments; 3) Integrate the SAW and antenna onto the wafer such that there are no external connections. This will form a fully integrated sensor antenna device without any external bonds or soldering. Phase I will include substantial materials development and characterization for uniformity and repeatability in SAWs. Prototype SAW designs will be developed and high-temperature characteristics evaluated. Phase II will develop a fully integrated sensor antenna and upscale the crystal growth for 3-4in SAW wafers. Probability for Phase III commercialization of both the wireless SAW sensors and SAW wafers is high.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Wireless LGT SAW sensors and sensor systems capable of operation in harsh environments will be of immediate use to NASA. Among others, such high-temperature SAW sensors can be used for the detection of fuel leaks in engines, fire in its initial stages, fuel flow modulation and control for engine efficiency and enhanced maneuverability, monitoring and in-flight NDE, and diagnostics of vehicles. Overall they will greatly improve safety and efficiency in aviation and space vehicles.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Broader applications: SAW filters for cell phones; touchscreen displays; RFIDs; microfluidic actuation (pumping, mixing, jetting); fixed delay lines for radar systems, oscillators, path lengths equalizers; SAW delay line tunable VHF/UHF oscillators for mobile radio; bandpass filters in TV video game systems; linear and nonlinear frequency modulation chirp filters for radar; adaptive filters for spread-spectrum communications; acousto-optic spectrum analyzers; fixed frequency oscillators with high-short term stability; low-loss bandpass filters applications; plate convolers for fixed- and variable-code detection in radar, electronic counter-measures, air traffic control and handling systems; and many others.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Acoustic/Vibration
Active Systems
Air Transportation & Safety
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Antennas
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Ceramics
Characterization
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Coding & Compression
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Cryogenic/Fluid Systems
Destructive Testing
Diagnostics/Prognostics
Electromagnetic
GPS/Radiometric (see also Sensors)
Launch Engine/Booster
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Metallics
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and smaller
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Nanomaterials
Navigation & Guidance
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Passive Systems
Pressure/Vacuum
Process Monitoring & Control
Processing Methods
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Spacecraft Main Engine
Thermal
Transmitters/Receivers


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