Advanced Ceramic Materials and Packaging Technologies For Sensors Operable 1800C in Advanced Energy Generation Systems

Period of Performance: 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Sporian Microsystems, Inc.
515 Courtney Way Suite B
Lafayette, CO 80026
Principal Investigator
Firm POC


There is a need for condition monitoring sensors capable of function in the harshest environments associated with advanced power systems that will: directly contribute to improving system control, protect capital equipment investment, and promote safety through prevention of catastrophic equipment failure. These harsh environments include extreme temperatures (800-1800C), high pressures (500-1000 psi), and highly corrosive/erosive exposures. However, it has been a challenge to develop sensors that can endure these harsh environments. Sporian Microsystems has previously developed a MEM sensor technology for high temperature power system applications. Sporians sensor technology is based on the combination of advance high temperature packaging and recently developed silicon carbide nitride (SiCN) based polymer derived ceramics (PDCs), which possess excellent mechanical and electric properties at high temperatures up to 1800 C. Sporian proposes to develop alternative precursors, processes, packaging materials, and methods to extend the current operational capabilities of Sporians sensor technology beyond current limits and up to 1800oC Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: There is an established consensus that advanced sensing systems will be essential to achieving the cost and performance targets in advanced power systems. The resultant products, high temperature, internally calibrated, temperature compensated, temperature/pressure multi-sensors, would be in demand for energy generation and propulsion designers and operators and there is a significant market opportunity. Equipment that could potentially benefit from the development of such a sensor technology include coal gasifiers, turbines, advanced coal combustion systems, and other critical or high maintenance equipment commonly employed in energy and power generation systems. Generating asset OEMs, utilities, and end users will all stand to benefit from these high- efficiency, low emissions power systems.