NASA STTR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 T6.02-9840
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Liquid Quantity Sensing Capability
PROPOSAL TITLE: Volume Sensor for Flexible Fluid Reservoirs in Microgravity

NAME: Creare, LLC NAME: Dartmouth College
STREET: 16 Great Hollow Road STREET: 11 Rope Ferry Road, HB 6210
CITY: Hanover CITY: Hanover
STATE/ZIP: NH  03755 - 3116 STATE/ZIP: NH  03755 - 1421
PHONE: (603) 643-3800 PHONE: (603) 646-3180

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Marc Ramsey
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755 - 3116
(603) 640-2385

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert J Kline-Schoder
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755 - 3116
(603) 643-3800 Extension :2487

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Liquid Quantity Sensing Capability is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The Advanced Space Suit carries consumable cooling water maintained at ambient pressure within a soft-walled, flexible reservoir. To ensure uninterrupted thermal control it is critical to monitor the volume of water remaining, but no known sensor is suitable for this task. Existing measurement techniques are unacceptably sensitive to the motion and varying geometry of the reservoir in micro-gravity, or to electromagnetic interference within the suit environment. We will develop a simple, compact, low power sensor that accurately measures the volume of fluid in any soft-walled bladder. Our innovative sensing technique will provide an accurate measurement that is insensitive to gravity, the motion, and geometry of the reservoir, the presence of air, and electromagnetic interference.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The Feedwater Supply Assembly in the Advanced Space Suit is a soft-walled, flexible reservoir containing cooling water. The water is circulated through the thermal control loop and slowly consumed by evaporation at the Suit Water Membrane Evaporator, rejecting waste heat to control occupant temperature. To ensure uninterrupted thermal control and occupant survival, it is critical to monitor the remaining water volume. The sensor developed under this program will accurately monitor the remaining volume in this reservoir. This sensor will function equally well in any other flexible fluid reservoir on a space platform.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This sensor technology could meet a clinical need for minimally invasive monitoring of human bladder volume monitoring in patients with incontinence. This sensor technology will also be applicable to volume monitoring in flexible water and fuel storage bladders used in military and recreational applications.

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.)

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