Multifunction Visible-Blind Sensors for Active Control and condition Monitoring of Gas Turbine Combustion

Period of Performance: 09/27/1999 - 03/27/2000


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.
7610 McEwen Road Array
Dayton, OH 45459
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Georgia Tech Research Corp.
Office of Sponsored Programs
Atlanta, GA 30332
Institution POC


The proposed Phase I STTR Program target the developemnt optical sensor, primarily for active combustion control. Amultifunction optical sensor or a closely related family of such sensors, capable of high-temperature operation and equipped to monitor combustion radical species, whould be a nenabling technology. It would assist in bringing the benefits of active compbustion control to gas-turbine main combustors and afterburners. It would faciltate compact and efficient inceinerators for Navy uses. For ages turnines it would also provide improved main combustor condition monitoring, result in enhanced ignition detection during relight, and yield improved, and rapid engine bay fire detection. It could also provide an additional tool for combustion diagnostics or for use in a combusion contro system as described above. The focus of the Phase I Pfrogram is the developemnt of an optical sensor, or family of sensors, haveing the following characteristics: high-temperature capbility, fast response rate, narrow bandwidth in the ultra-violet, spactial-resolution capability, and tunability for simultaneous detection of emissions from more than a singel species. The Phase II effort will emphasize the development of an integrated sensor system (hardware and software) capable of monitoring and controlling combusiton process.