NASA 1999 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 99-1 03.05-4274 (Chron: 990597 )

PROJECT TITLE: Miniature Sapphire Propulsion Sensor Suite

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

Miniature, low cost, high-temperature instrumentation is needed for rocket propulsion testing and other aerospace applications. F&S and their development partners propose a miniature sapphire propulsion sensor suite capable of measuring hydrogen, temperature, pressure, and wall shear stress to temperatures in excess of 1500oC. Each of these sensors uses F&S' patented extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) technology to measure critical propulsion test parameters. During this Phase I program, F&S will focus on developing and demonstrating sapphire hydrogen and temperature sensors for propulsion test applications. These sensors will then be integrated with sapphire pressure and wall shear stress transducers currently under development by F&S through development of a common, low cost, high frequency, multi-channel measurement system. In the Phase II portion of this program, F&S will focus on ruggedization, optimization, and commercialization of the multi parameter measurement system and demonstrate the system at NASA Stennis Space Center and industry beta sites. F&S has a successful history of bringing novel fiber optic sensing concepts from the laboratory to marketable products and will use this experience to ensure near-term markets of the system.



POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

The proposed sensor instrumentation suite will find widespread commercial application in propulsion and high speed aircraft and spacecraft development, nuclear, chemical and material processing, and automotive industries.


NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

 
Thomas Wavering 
F&S, Inc.
2851 Commerce Street
Blacksburg , VA 24060 - 6657

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR


F&S, Inc. 
2851 Commerce Street
Blacksburg , VA 24060 - 6657