Low-Cost Efficient and Durable High Temperature Wireless Sensors by Direct Write Additive Manufacturing for Application in Fossil Energy Systems


Schematic of a fully integrated high-<br/>temperature wireless sensor system
Schematic of a fully integrated high-
temperature wireless sensor system
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Website:  Washington State University
Award Number:  FE0026170
Project Duration:  10/01/2015 – 09/30/2019
Total Award Value:  $488,738
DOE Share:  $399,932
Performer Share:  $88,806
Technology Area:  University Training and Research
Key Technology:  Sensors & Controls
Location:  Pullman, WA

Project Description

This project will design, characterize, and demonstrate wireless, conformal strain and pressure sensors manufactured using low-cost, direct write additive methods for application in fossil energy (FE) systems. The goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of low-cost aerosol jet manufacturing for FE systems and develop next-generation sensors and controls which can sustain temperatures up to 500 °C.

Project Benefits

This project will advance the current state of the art by developing novel materials and devices for wireless circuits that surpass 350 °C, the operating temperature limits of traditional silicon (SI) based electronics; Integrating electronic circuitry on curved 3-D surfaces such as those observed in gas turbine engines, demonstrating capabilities that surpass that of traditional (2-D) lithographic techniques; and improving reliability issues for wireless sensors that arise from the demanding FE environments. It is anticipated that this research could improve the in-situ monitoring and hence the performance of the FE devices and systems.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Barbara Carney: barbara.carney@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Briggs White: briggs.white@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Rahul Panat: rahul.panat@wsu.edu

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