External Pipe Sound Pressure Level Sensor

Period of Performance: 06/28/2010 - 04/30/2011


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Applied Physical Sciences Corp.
475 Bridge Street Suite 100
Groton, CT 06340
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Pennsylvania State University
110 Technology Center Building
University Park, PA 16802
Institution POC


Applied Physical Sciences (APS) and the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory (ARL/PSU) will collaborate in the development of a novel sensor system to measure the low frequency acoustic pressures within a fluid-filled pipe. The proposed concept improves upon the Navy s current Array Based Acoustic Measurement (ABAM) system for laboratory characterization of full-scale piping components. The initial trade study will consider a range of sensing options including discrete sensor arrays and conformal sensors consisting of film and fiber wraps. The trades will balance sensitivity to the acoustic pressures against rejection of non-acoustically driven response, structural response, weight, cost, and ease of application in a shipboard environment. The design effort will leverage the team s significant experience with measurements and modeling of pipe structural-acoustic response, as well as experience developing sensors for many of the Navy s most challenging applications.