Knight Receives NASA Grant

Published on Friday November 16, 2007

Dr. Richard Knight, auxiliary professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received funding for a 12-month project entitled "Thermal Spray Attachment of Thermocouple Sensors" in the amount of $20,000 from the NASA-Dryden Flight Research Center.

This project involves the development of novel thermal spray sensor attachment techniques for use in the instrumentation of hot-structures (e.g. C-SiC Ruddervator and Functionally Graded Materials) for future hypersonic vehicles being developed utilizing ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) as part of the hypersonic research in the Flight Loads Laboratory (FLL) at NASA-Dryden. The target application will be the attachment of thermocouple temperature sensors to CMC substrates such as CBS-coated C-SiC, SiC-SiC and oxide-oxide materials.

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