NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 A2.01-9769
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Materials and Structures for Future Aircraft
PROPOSAL TITLE: Piezoelectrical Structural Sensor Technology for Extreme Environments (> 1800 F)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 - 7548
(814) 238-7485

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Xiaoning Jiang
xiaoning@trstechnologies.com
2820 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 - 7548
(814) 238-7485

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4 to 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
High temperature piezoelectric crystal (HTP) sensors are desired for future propulsion component structure health monitoring, operating parameters optimization, turbine engine control and health monitoring, as well as improving performance and maintainability of power production facilities and other rotary combustion engines. Recently discovered high temperature piezoelectrics showed stable piezoelectric properties and high resistivity at temperatures close to its melting point (~ 1500 C) , which is very promising for high temperature sensor applications. The preliminary results showed excellent temperature sening performance at temperature up to 1000 C. Piezoelectric structural sensors on the basis of piezoelectric effect (non-resonant) and impedance measurement (resonant) have been widely demonstrated for pressure, stress, strain, temperature, acceleration, etc. measurements because of their high sensitivity, quick response, low profile, high reliability and low cost. The goal of this program is to develop highly sensitive HTPC based piezoelectric structural sensors for temperature, strain and acceleration measurements at temperatures up to 2000 oF.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
High temperature piezoelectric crystal (HTPC) based structural sensor technology is desired for NASA future aerospace propulsion systems under the Fundamental Aeronautics Program (FAP). Specifically, high temperature sensors will be used for future propulsion component structure health monitoring and operating parameters optimization. The HTPC sensors can also benefit the current space vehicles health monitoring by providing high temperature structural data.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
High temperature sensors can be used for turbine engine control and health monitoring, high mach flight tests, as well as improving performance and maintainability of power production facilities and other rotary combustion engines.

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.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Aircraft Engines
Ceramics
Fundamental Propulsion Physics
Multifunctional/Smart Materials
Perception/Sensing
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors


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