NOVEMBER 30, 2013
Transcend Wins Three Awards from EPSCoR in 2013
Transcend Engineering and Technology, LLC receives three Phase 0 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards from Vermont EPSCoR in 2013:
Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) using inexpensive Electrical Time Domain Reflectometry (EDTR) equipment. Transcend will conduct materials research and computer modeling to explore the feasibility of developing an ETDR-based DTS that will enable more widespread use of DTS at a lower cost, and in environments where it’s not practical to package and deploy optical DTS (e.g., cable ocean observatories, unattended permafrost monitoring sites, moorings.)
Miniature Optical Sensor for Atmospheric Investigation of CO2 (MOSAIC.) Transcend will conduct preliminary laboratory tests to assess the operating characteristics of a potential new infrared radiation source for mid-range spectroscopic absorption measurement of CO2. The new emission source has the potential to greatly increase the sensitivity of CO2 detection, which would enable development of a new generation of sensors that are smaller, lighter weight, and use less power than previous sensors.
Broad Area Detector for the Onset of In-Flight Icing. Transcend will conduct preliminary tests and data exploration into a new sensor concept for detecting the onset of in-flight icing on aircraft surfaces. The innovation uses Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) to detect changes in the dielectric properties of material on a broad surface, which in-flight would be able to distinguish between air, liquid water, and ice.
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide.
Support provided by Vermont EPSCoR with funds from the National Science Foundation Grant EPS-1101317. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Transcend Engineering develops innovations in sensing and instrumentation for geotechnical, oceanographic, atmospheric, transportation, and security uses. They are located in Bethel, Vermont.