SansEC-A Multi-property Wireless Sensor Platform
NASA-Langley, Virginia, United States
A non-contact method for remotely powering and interrogating simple antenna-like magnetic field response sensors has been developed for measuring multiple physical quantities using the same sensor. The sensed material property only needs to influence either the sensor’s electric or magnetic field without direct contact with the sensor.
Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors & Communications
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: SansEC offers very low cost, wireless, multi-property sensing. The sensor is a simple copper coil and is interrogated with simple transponder. It is most valuable for measurements where electrical or physical contact between the sensor and the material measured or between the sensor and transponder is undesirable or impossible.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 819
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: NASA has supported development of SansEC-related technology for over 10 years at a funding level of approximately $300K to $1M per year—accounting for over $5M in total funding.. This work resulted in over 20 patent filings, several of which have issued, as well as three R&D 100 awards. The NASA work has been very broad in its potential applications— starting with fluid level measurement, and then expanding to a full range of physical sensing, including temperature, pressure, rotation, proximity, and damage/ puncturing. It has been licensed for fluid level measurement in marine applications and for cryogenic fluid level measurement.
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant
Looking for: Development / License Partners