NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- A2.01-5718
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Flight Test and Measurement Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Space-Rated, Rugged, Compact and Inexpensive Fiber Sensor Interrogator
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sensuron, LLC
3101 Bee Caves Road, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 827-2040

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Ben Burns
E-mail:
Ben.Burns@sensuron.com
Address:
3101 Bee Caves rd, Suite 110 Austin, TX 78746 - 5575
Phone:
(512) 827-2040

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Pierrick Vulliez
E-mail:
pierrick.vulliez@sensuron.com
Address:
3101 Bee Caves rd, Suite 110 Austin, TX 78746 - 5575
Phone:
(775) 830-2059
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Fiber optic sensing (FOS) technology is continuously being developed and offers many advantages over other traditional sensing technologies. The fiber sensors are compact, flexible, lightweight, and immune to electromagnetic interference. For optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) interrogation, thousands of Fiber Bragg gratings can be continuously spaced along the length of the fiber to allow for simultaneous measurements of temperature and strain with high spatial resolution. However interrogators implementing OFDR remain costly and are still economically difficult to justify for broad deployment. For this reason, Sensuron is excited to collaborate with NASA in this program to develop and create the technology needed to drive down the cost of this sensing solution and produce a ruggedized low SWAP-C FOS system that will be applicable to temperature and liquid level monitoring applications. The resulting product will be designed to meet harsh environmental specifications for radiation, temperature, shock & vibration as well as humidity. It will be capable of deployment in space missions but its commercial use will be most prevalent across many earth-bound applications.

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

Cryogenic tanks liquid level sensing

Pressure vessels temperature sensing and structural health monitoring

In-space structural health monitoring of buildings and assets

 

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

Aerospace: Distributed load monitoring, SHM and failure prediction, composite materials manufacturing and embedment.

Energy: Oil well health equipment monitoring, storage tank liquid level and stratification, wind turbine blade testing.

Automotive: Structural integrity study of prototypes, battery cells temperature monitoring.

Civil engineering: Structural health monitoring of buildings and bridges.

 

 

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