NASA STTR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 T1.01-9930
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Small Probe Entry Descent and Landing Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors for Thermal Protection Systems

NAME: Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation NAME: North Carolina State University
STREET: 2363 Calle Del Mundo STREET: 2701 Sullivan Drive, Suite 240 (Campus Box 7514)
CITY: Santa Clara CITY: Raleigh
STATE/ZIP: CA  95054 - 1008 STATE/ZIP: NC  27695 - 7514
PHONE: (408) 565-9004 PHONE: (919) 515-2444

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Richard Black
2363 Calle Del Mundo
Santa Clara, CA 95054 - 1008
(408) 565-9000 Extension :23

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation (IFOS) proposes an innovative fiber optic-based, multiplexable, highly ruggedized, integrated sensor system for real-time measurement and monitoring of temperature in an Ablative Thermal Protection System (TPS). Such measurement will allow for an effective estimation of temperature gradient and subsequent calculation of heat flux. IFOS will initially develop such a system for thermal monitoring in Small Probe applications. However, the technology will readily be applicable to other NASA vehicle applications where TPS is employed. The IFOS fiber optic sensors will incorporate Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs). These sensors are extremely light-weight, small, electromagnetically immune, and electrically passive. Multiple sensing FBGs can be fabricated on a single fiber for simplified design and reduced cost. The proposed fiber optic sensing technology is highly sensitive and accurate. It is also low-cost and lends itself to high-volume production. In the Phase I, IFOS will perform a feasibility study of its proposed temperature measurement and monitoring system.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The TPS-integrated temperature sensing technology will support NASA's goal of developing more complete understanding of ground test-to-flight traceability issues in TPS small probe applications. Furthermore, this technology has potential to support NASA's efforts in developing higher performance TPS materials as well as integrated Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed work will significantly benefit the commercial re-entry vehicle development and hypersonic vehicles (engine and airframe). Additionally, this technology could readily lend itself to temperature measurement and monitoring applications in, for example, gas turbines and furnace heat recovery units (recuperators).

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.)
Active Systems
Air Transportation & Safety
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)

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