Distributed Wireless Antenna Sensors for Boiler Condition Monitoring


Laser machined antenna sensor.
Laser machined antenna sensor.
University of Texas at Arlington
Website:  University of Texas at Arlington
Award Number:  FE0023118
Project Duration:  01/01/2015 – 12/31/2018
Total Award Value:  $434,079
DOE Share:  $399,311
Performer Share:  $34,768
Technology Area:  University Training and Research
Key Technology:  Sensors & Controls
Location:  Arlington, Texas

Project Description

University of Texas Arlington will develop wireless antenna sensors to provide distributed sensing of temperature, strain, and soot accumulation inside a coal-fired boiler. The objectives include (1) a methodology to realize low-cost antenna sensor arrays that can withstand high-temperature and high-pressure environment, (2) a wireless interrogation technique that can remotely interrogate the sensors at long distance with high resolution, and (3) material and fabrication recipes for synthesizing flexible dielectric substrates with controlled dielectric properties.

Project Benefits

This project may lead to better distributed multi-variant sensing that can provide detailed condition monitoring of boilers, and a fundamental understanding of combustion and heat exchange processes; develop and refine simulation models; and lead to a better design and more efficient operation of boilers. Further, better condition monitoring of steam pipes may enhance safety in high temperature, high pressure, corrosive environments.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Barbara Carney: barbara.carney@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Briggs White: briggs.white@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Haiying Huang: huang@uta.edu

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