Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron:

970538

Proposal

Number:

11.03-9500

Project Title:

A FIBER OPTIC-LINKED

NITROGEN DIOXIDE POINT

SENSOR

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

We propose to develop a miniaturized nitrogen

dioxide point sensor suitable for leak detection at

rocket motor test and launch facilities. Based on a

proprietary technology (patent pending) for

nondispersive gas filter correlation spectroscopy,

nitrogen dioxide will be detected by visible light

absorption; a remote multi-pass absorption cell

(also governed by an Aerodyne Research patent)

will be linked by a fiber optic hookup to a central

analysis unit which houses all light sources,

detectors, and associated electronics. This detector,

which isolates the test sites from any electrical

signals or moving parts, will be easily capable of

detecting 1-100 ppm nitrogen dioxide with one

second time response.







Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

The primary commercial opportunity is for the

measurement of pollutant NOx (a combustion

byproduct) for flue gas control processes. Possible

users include utility operators of coal-fired boilers,

gas turbine operators, and industrial users(

chemical plants, municipal waste combustion

facilities and refineries).

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Dr. Paul L. Kebabian

Aerodyne Research, Inc.

45 Manning Road

Billerica , MA 01821

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,

City/State/Zip)

Dr. Charles E. Kolb

Aerodyne Research, Inc.

45 Manning Road

Billerica , MA 01821