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Wireless subsurface microsensors for health monitoring of thermal protection systems on hypersonic vehicles
Author(s): Frank S. Milos; David G. Watters; Joan B. Pallix; Alfred J. Bahr; David L. Huestis
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Paper Abstract

Health diagnostics is an area where major improvements have been identified for potential implementation into the design of new reusable launch vehicles in order to reduce life cycle costs, to increase safety margins, and to improve mission reliability. NASA Ames is leading the effort to develop inspection and health management technologies for thermal protection systems. This paper summarizes a joint project between NASA Ames and SRI International to develop SensorTags, radio-frequency identification devices coupled with event-recording sensors, that can be embedded in the thermal protection system to monitor temperature or other quantities of interest. Two prototype SensorTag designs containing thermal fuses to indicate a temperature overlimit are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4335, Advanced Nondestructive Evaluation for Structural and Biological Health Monitoring, (24 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434159
Show Author Affiliations
Frank S. Milos, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
David G. Watters, SRI International (United States)
Joan B. Pallix, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Alfred J. Bahr, SRI International (United States)
David L. Huestis, SRI International (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4335:
Advanced Nondestructive Evaluation for Structural and Biological Health Monitoring
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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