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Performer: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and St. Univ. - OSP
Simulated first order (top) and second order<br/>(bottom) echos of a short acoustic pulse on a<br/>small crack in the middle of a metal plate. The<br/>crack positions are marked by the red arrows.
Simulated first order (top) and second order
(bottom) echos of a short acoustic pulse on a
small crack in the middle of a metal plate. The
crack positions are marked by the red arrows.
Website: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Award Number: FE0007405
Project Duration: 10/01/2011 – 09/30/2016
Total Award Value: $1,493,117
DOE Share: $1,194,173
Performer Share: $298,944
Technology Area: Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology: Sensors & Controls
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia

Project Description

Virginia Tech will develop a first-of-a-kind technology for remote fiber optic generation and detection of acoustic waves for structural health monitoring. The technology requires no electric power supply at the monitoring site and the detected acoustic signature as well as the additional returned optical signal allow extraction of information about multiple material conditions including temperature, strain, corrosion, and cracking.

Project Benefits

This project will develop an embedded, remotely controlled/monitored quasi-distributed sensing network for non-destructive evaluation of advanced fossil power systems. This fiber optic system will have unprecedented capability for structural health monitoring in advanced power systems, which will provide effective remote real-time assessment of critical material operating conditions for safe and reliable operation. The expected impact of this technology is lower-operating costs, higher availability and efficiency, and lower emissions.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Maria Reidpath: maria.reidpath@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Robert Romanosky: robert.romanosky@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Anbo Wang: Awang@vt.edu

 

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