NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- A1.03-5238
Phase 1 Contract #:
80NSSC20C0383
Subtopic Title:
Low Emissions/Clean Power - Environmentally Responsible Propulsion
Proposal Title:
Aerosol Absorption Standard

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
          
   
Address:
          
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA 01821
          
   
Phone:
          
(978) 663-9500                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Dr. Timothy Onasch
          
   
E-mail:
          
onasch@aerodyne.com
          
   
Address:
          
45 Manning Road, MA 01821 - 3976
          
   
Phone:
          
(978) 663-9500                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Mr. David Gordon
          
   
E-mail:
          
proposals@aerodyne.com
          
   
Address:
          
45 Manning Road, MA 01821 - 3976
          
   
Phone:
          
(978) 663-9500                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

   
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 4
End: 6
          
          
     
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

We propose to design, test, and deliver a system that can be used to calibrate absorption-based soot monitors which are used to determine fuel emission indices for aircraft engines.  The centerpiece of this system will be a modified version of the CAPS PMSSA monitor which provides a means of determining a sample absorption based on a true particle standard.  It will be coupled to a means of producing absorbing particles whose physical and optical properties have been accurately measured and characterized.

          
          
     
Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Vehicles for subsonic and supersonic flight regimes will be required to operate on a variety of certified aircraft fuels and emit extremely low amounts of particulate emissions to satisfy increasingly stringent emissions regulations. An in situ calibration technique for absorption-based soot mass measurement monitors, of which there are currently none, would be quite desirable as factory calibration is extremely time consuming and expensive.

          
          
     
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

There are hundreds of absorption-based monitors used for measurement of aircraft and diesel engine soot emissions and ambient absorption. All of them require expensive factory calibration. There is also no means of checking whether the monitors are working properly on-site. The market for a monitor which would confirm proper calibration of the monitor in situ would be a much sought-after product.

          
          
     
Duration:     24
          
          

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