NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-2 A4.01-9869
PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER: NNX14CL26P
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Ground Test Techniques and Measurement Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: High Temperature Fiberoptic Thermal Imaging System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Thoughtventions Unlimited
40 Nutmeg Lane
Glastonbury, CT 06033 - 2314
(860) 657-9014

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stephen Cuyler Bates
thought@tvu.com
40 Nutmeg Lane
Glastonbury, CT 06033 - 2314
(860) 657-9014

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stephen Bates
thought@tvu.com
40 Nutmeg Lane
Glastonbury, CT 06033 - 2314
(860) 657-9014

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 7

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Ground Test Techniques and Measurement Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A prototype high temperature, single optical fiber thermal imaging system will be developed, tested, and delivered to GRC. The components of the instrument will be specified in detail, designed, fabricated, and purchased where appropriate. The illumination and imaging system will be assembled and system tests will be performed. Given a set of calibration images produced by the diagnostic, the image analysis needed to recover a thermal image of a surface will be developed and demonstrated. System resolution tests will be performed. The thermal imaging laboratory system will be modified to be appropriate to a prototype commercial instrument. The thermal imaging prototype will be tested and debugged at Thoughtventions and its operating characteristics defined. The thermal imaging system and operating manual will be completed and delivered and field tested at GRC for their ongoing use.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary NASA application is to jet engine turbine and combustor ground test facilities. In particular the Phase 2 prototype will be installed and tested at an engine test facility at GRC. The generic application is to high temperature facilities with limited optical analysis where thermal mapping is crucial for equipment diagnosis.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercially, TvU envisions producing a Fiber Thermal Imaging Systems for sale initially to NASA, the Air Force, and to companies such as Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Rolls Royce, and SNECMA for use in their jet engine research programs and later their production.
Pratt & Whitney has provided a letter of support for Phase 2 development and hopefully will be one of our first commercial Phase 3 customers. They plan to apply the instrument to improve turbine and combustor designs to improve the F135 and NGPF maintenance costs. Their future programs needing the diagnostic may include JSF Growth, Navy Unmanned Combat Air Systems (UCAS), VAATE, and Next Generation Long Range Strike (NGLRS) initiatives.

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.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Thermal

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