WIDE-TEMPERATURE ACTIVE PYROMETER

Period of Performance: 01/01/1993 - 12/31/1993

$48.6K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Quantum Logic Corp.
25 Van Zant St
East Norwalk, CT 06855
Principal Investigator

Abstract

MANY APPLICATIONS IN MATERIALS RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION REQUIRE ACCURATE, NON-CONTACT SURFACE TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS ON VARIOUS MATERIALS UNDER A VARIETY OF CONDITIONS. ALL SUCH SURFACES EMIT RADIATION, WHICH MAY BE USED AS A MEASURE OF THEIR SURFACE TEMPERATURE, PROVIDING THE SURFACE'S EMISSIVITY IS KNOWN. EMISSIVITY VALUES ARE USUALLY UNCERTAIN LEADING TO ERRORS IN CONVENTIONAL RADIATION PYROMETRY. THIS PROJECT CONCERNS A NEW ACTIVE PYROMETER METHOD, WHEREIN THE RATIO OF TARGET REFLECTANCES AT TWOSPARATE WAVELENGTHS IS MEASURED TOGETHER WITH THE TARGET RADIANCES AT THESE SAME WAVELENGTHS. FROM THESE VALUES THE SURFACE EMISSIVITY MAY BE DETERMINED AND THE TARGET TEMPERATURE ACCURATELY MEASURED FOR MATERIALS HAVING ARBITRARY SURFACE TEXTURES. RESEARCHERS ARE DEVELOPING A TWO-WAVELENGTH ACTIVE PYROMETER SUITABLE FOR A VERY WIDE RANGE OF TEMPERATURES AND FOR TARGETS HAVING ARBITRARY SURFACE TEXTURES, THEREBY GREATLY EXTENDING THE APPLICATIONS OF ACTIVE PYROMETER TECHNOLOGY.