NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 X9.01-8155
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Ablative Thermal Protection Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: In-situ Diagnostic Sensors for Thermal Protection Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MesoScribe Technologies, Inc.
7 Flowerfield, Suite 28
St. James, NY 11780 - 1514
(631) 686-5710

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert Greenlaw
5445 Oceanus Drive #108
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 - 1007
(714) 894-8400 Extension :2

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Low-profile, embedded sensors are proposed for condition monitoring and health management (HM) of thermal protection systems. The sensors will be fabricated using a high precision Direct Write (DW) process based upon thermal spray, affording them the advantages of high temperature tolerance, reproducibility, durability, and materials compatibility. In-situ sensing of temperature, heat flux, and surface recession will be demonstrated per the performance requirements specified for thermal protection systems. Relevant testing configurations will employ high temperature furnaces and flame rigs, specifically to validate sensor functionality, accuracy, and survivability. Sensor compatibility with TPS representative materials will also be considered to ensure seamless integration for rapid technology deployment. Having demonstrated their diagnostic capabilities, combining the sensors with DAQ and HM infrastructures would form the cornerstone of a potential Phase II, continuing application-specific development while expanding to address HM integration issues.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA has a need for integrated vehicle health management capabilities for a number of space structures and systems, for which this development effort targets diagnostics development for ablative thermal protection systems. MesoScribe's focus is the sensing component of health and condition monitoring, providing innovative, deployable solutions for measuring temperature, heat flux, and surface or coating degradation. Such information can be coupled with performance models to support new designs and enhance system reliability. More generally, applications for embedded sensors include measuring component temperature; insulation and heat shield integrity; blow-by detection; and in-situ heat flux.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Harsh environment sensors are in high demand, spanning a range of industries including power generation, commercial and military aviation, aerospace structures and transportation, and diagnostics for space systems. DoD applications for harsh environment diagnostic sensors are primarily aerospace and rotorcraft, specifically including instrumentation for short term testing at the component-level and long-term monitoring/prognostics as part of a comprehensive health management solution. Most notably, the demand is driven by gas turbine engine designers for industrial power generation equipment (gas turbine, steam, boilers), aero propulsion systems (gas turbine and hypersonic engine components), aerospace, chemical processing, oil & gas, and other commercial applications. Diagnostics are also sought for air-breathing scramjets and other hypersonic vehicles (e.g. sounding rockets) to enable integrated condition monitoring and advanced prognostic capabilities.

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.)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
In Situ Manufacturing
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Processing Methods
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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