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Sensor miniaturizado de detección de hielo para aplicaciones espaciales y de automoción

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOGR20180521001
Publicado:
22/05/2018
Caducidad:
23/05/2019
Resumen:
Una pyme griega especializada en diseño y fabricación de subsistemas optoelectrónicos ofrece un sensor miniaturizado de detección de hielo capaz no solo de detectar la presencia de hielo en una superficie sino también de identificar su tipo (glaseado, escarcha o mixto) y medir el espesor. Este sensor puede emplearse en las industrias aeroespacial, de automoción, aerogeneradores y agroalimentaria. El sistema se instala en los alerones o fuselaje de un avión para ofrecer datos precisos de la presencia de hielo y generar alertas para evitar accidentes aéreos. También puede instalarse en diferentes puntos de un vehículo para informar al conductor de la presencia de hielo negro o en aspas y otros puntos críticos de aerogeneradores para evitar daños estructurales. La empresa busca socios industriales y pymes con el fin de establecer acuerdos comerciales con asistencia técnica e integrar el sensor en sus sistemas.

Details

Tittle:
Miniaturized ice detection sensor for aerospace and automotive applications
Summary:
A Greek SME active in the design and manufacturing of opto-electronic sub-systems offers a miniaturized ice detection sensor capable of not only detecting the presence of ice in a surface but also to identify its type (glaze, rime, mixed) and measure its thickness. The sensor can be used in the aerospace, automotive, wind turbines, and agro/food industry. Industrial partners and SMEs from all respective markets are sought for commercial agreement in order to integrate the sensor to their systems
Description:
The Greek SME is a spin-out of a well-known university photonics laboratory that focuses on the design and manufacturing of opto-electronic sub-systems and provides turn-key solutions for a wide range of applications in the field of optical communications, hardware security and sensors.

The system offered is a miniaturized ice detection sensor that not only detects the presence of ice but also identifies its type (glaze, rime, mixed) and measures its thickness. The system is capable of detecting the presence of ice from the early stages of accretion (few tens of microns thickness) and discriminating ice from water. Additionally, using its distinct response for the different types of ice combined with ambient temperature and surface temperature data and a large number of curves generated by an in-house developed physical model, the system can identify the type of ice and provide a rather accurate measurement of its thickness.

The small form factor of the sensor enables it to be installed in any kind of surface and its capability to wirelessly connect to a centralized monitoring system facilitates the deployment of multiple sensors forming a distributed sensing network across the surface of interest.

The system has a wide range of applications. It can be installed at the airfoils and/or fuselage of the aircrafts in order to provide accurate data about the icing conditions and generate in time alerts for avoiding flight accidents. It can be installed in different points on a vehicle in order to inform the driver about black ice conditions. Finally, it can be installed at the rotor blades as well as on other critical points at the air turbines in order to avoid structural damage.

The in-house developed software combined with the sensor data can provide real-time monitoring of the icing conditions and generate critical alerts depending on the application.

In the areas of food industry, the ice detector including a temperature sensor as well can be used for monitoring the condition of the frozen products over their time life, from production to the consumer, record internally the evolution of ice existence/thickness in parallel with temperature and transmit them wirelessly when requested.

The technical specifications of the sensor include:

Operating wavelength: 940nm
Operating temperature: -40 to 80 0C
Minimum measureable ice thickness: <100um
Maximum measureable ice thickness: ~1cm
Thickness measurement accuracy: >90%
Temperature measurements: Surface temperature (on-board sensor), ambient temperature (provided externally by dedicated sensor)
Connectivity: 4-wire or BLE 4.0 (Bluetooth protocol)
Battery powered
Hermitically sealed
Dimensions: 3cm x 2cm x 2cm (LxWxH)
Weight: 120gr

The Greek company is seeking for industrial partners or SMEs from mutliple sectors, namely the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, agrofood industry in order to integrate the proposed sensor in their systems under commercial agreement with technical assistance.
Advantages and Innovations:
Some of the advantages and innovations of the sensor include:

·Ice presence detection, ice type identification and ice thickness measurement
·Measurement of ice characteristics in moving or stationary surfaces
·Easy installation on a wide range of surfaces
·Low cost and small form factor solution in comparison with competition
·Wireless connectivity
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company is looking for industrial partners or SMEs from the aerospace, automotive and wind- turbine/renewable energy, agro/food industry in order to integrate the proposed sensor in their systems.

The type of collaboration sought is commercial agreement with technical assistance. The Greek company will collaborate with the partner in order to support the integration of the sensor to the system.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
German
Greek

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02009009 Sensores para coches y transporte
06005002 Sensores y productos inalámbricos
09001009 Tecnología de sensores relacionada con la realización de medidas
10002010 Tecnología de sensores remotos
08002004 Trazabilidad de los alimentos