The Sensors and Electronics Branch conducts research and development in sensing concepts, sensor technology, high temperature electronics and related areas such as materials and materials processing techniques. Emphasis is on developing advanced capabilities for measurement and control of aerospace propulsion systems, particularly for harsh environments and safety applications.
Specific areas of work include microfabricated thin film sensors for temperature, strain, heat flux and flow measurements; chemical species sensors for leak detection and emission safety monitoring; silicon carbide (SiC) based electronic devices and sensors, Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nanotechnology.
The Branch is equipped to fabricate sensors and electronic devices in micro/nano-scales. Facilities include crystal growth facilities, cleanrooms for device fabrication, and facilities for test and evaluation of the sensors and devices.
The technologies being developed have application to future launch vehicles, air & space vehicles, and ground systems. They will have a direct positive impact on improving system safety and reducing system design and development cost through a more thorough understanding and control of aeropropulsion system operating conditions and capabilities.