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Phased-Array Ultrasound for Real-Time Nose Cone Recession Monitoring

Press Release

Press Release

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a research program from the U.S. Navy – Naval Air Warfare Center to develop a non-intrusive recession rate monitoring system that will be operational in flight test environments.

This monitoring system will address the Navy’s need of an in-flight diagnostic tool capable of measuring recession rates of carbon/carbon composite nosetips during Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) flight tests. The sensor package will be integrated with the Extended Navy Test Bed (ENTB) telemetry unit during some of the SLBM test vehicle flights. The sensor package will meet the flight and communication interface requirements.

PSI’s sensor system will help in advancing both ground-based and in-flight testing capabilities, materials research and fabrication techniques, in-flight operations of next-generation hypersonic vehicles, and control of high-speed propulsion systems. The recession rate sensor targets the monitoring of aircraft structures, engine flowpaths, rocket nozzles, and aerodynamic surfaces where extreme high-temperature conditions exist such as in hypersonic vehicles.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Shin-Juh Chen
Group Leader, Industrial Sensors Group
Physical Sciences Inc.
(978) 738-8284