April 27, 2016
Transcend Engineering Awarded Department of Energy (DOE) Funding to Develop Distributed Temperature Sensor (DTS) Technology
BETHEL, VT -- 04/27/2016 -- Transcend Engineering has received a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to develop a low-cost distributed temperature sensor (DTS) for monitoring water movement underground, and construction activities in which temperature is important.
Scientists often deploy sensors in remote locations to understand temperature interactions in soil and water that are key to understanding surface water-groundwater and land-atmosphere interactions.
Monitoring temperature profiles over long distances is possible using optical fiber technology, but the approach is expensive and the optical equipment is bulky and delicate. Transcend's approach will use electrical time domain reflectometry (TDR) equipment that is much less expensive, smaller, and more rugged, making it more practical for unattended use in harsh environments. The company is aiming its "eDTS” at needs in the research community and among regulators in leak detection and hazardous waste site monitoring. Commercial applications are also wide-ranging, and include quality assurance of Cure-in-Place Piping (CiPP), and monitoring mass concrete pours, in which the temperature history of the concrete reliably indicates its strength.
Work under the Phase 1 SBIR award started in late February 2016.
Transcend Engineering develops innovations in sensing and instrumentation for geotechnical, oceanographic, atmospheric, transportation, and security uses. They are located in Bethel, Vermont, and online at http://www.TranscendEngineering.com.
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