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Physical Sensors Instrumentation Research at NASA Glenn

Physical Sensors Instrumentation Research at NASA Glenn

Three Columns

Developing Innovative Harsh Environment Physical Sensing and Instrumentation Technologies for Safer Aircraft and Spacecraft


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Novel Thin Film Sensors
Developing robust thin film sensors with ceramic, laminate and nanostructured materials onto complex components
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Advanced Space Radiation Detectors
Miniaturizing radiation detector technology
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Revolutionary Concepts
Short-term examinations of potential innovations


Thin film multifunctional sensor
Multifunctional Sensors
Thin film sensors to measure temperature, strain, and heat flux for hot section components
Multiwavelength pyrometer for very high temperatures
Packaging Integration
Integration of sensors with robust packaging
Thin film thermocouple on Space Shuttle Main Engine turbo pump blade
On-Component Sensors
Application of high temperature thin film sensors for on-component testing


Multidirectional Cosmic Ray Ion Detector for Deep Space CubeSats
John D. Wrbanek and Susan Y. Wrbanek (August 2016). Proceedings of the AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Advanced Technologies I, SSC16-IV-2.
Design and operation of a fast, thin-film thermocouple probe on a turbine engine
Roger D. Meredith, John D. Wrbanek, Gustave C. Fralick, Lawrence C. Greer, Gary W. Hunter, Liangyu Chen. AIAA 2014-3923 (July 2014). Presented at the 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, July 28-30, 2014.
Optical Strain and Crack-Detection Measurements on a Rotating Disk
Mark R. Woike, Ali Abudl-Aziz, Michelle Clem and Gustave C. Fralick. NASA TM-2013-216523 (June 2013). Presented at the SPIE Smart Structures and Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring 2013, San Diego, California, March 10-14, 2013.
See the Publications page for a more complete listing.


Research Awards
• 2013 Sensors Expo
   Applications Award
• NASA Group
   Achievement Awards
   in 2003 and 2015
• R&D 100 Awards in
   1991, 1995, and 1998
Recent Partnerships
• Rolls-Royce, Pratt &
   Whitney, GE Aircraft
• Goodyear Tire & Rubber
• University of Rhode
• Air Force Research Lab
   (NDE Branch)


Instrument Research Lab at NASA GRC
Instrument Research Lab
Most fabrication and testing of NASA GRC's cutting-edge instrumentation development is performed at the Instrument Research Lab.


Reports and Publications
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