Fiber Optic Sensors for Leak Detection and Condition Monitoring in Hydrogen Fuel Systems

Period of Performance: 01/01/2006 - 12/31/2006

$69.9K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.
575 McCorkle Blvd.
Westerville, OH 43082
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

This SBIR Phase I proposal addresses the need for explosion proof, sensitive and reliable hydrogen sensors for NASA and commercial hydrogen fuel systems. It also addresses the need for multiple sensing points with minimum tank or bulkhead feedthroughs. The proposed innovations will increase the response speed of reported hydrogen sensors by a factor of 5 and the sensitivity by a factor of 10. In the Phase I feasibility work, it is proposed to demonstrate these attributes for single sensors. In Phase II, the multiplexing, detection reliability and special packaging necessary to make the sensors practical for NASA and other applications will be demonstrated in preparation for commercialization in Phase III.