Va. and MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S.
Senator John Warner (R-VA) has announced that Prime
Research, LC, a subsidiary of Prime Photonics, LC,
has been selected by the Naval Surface Warfare Center
(NSWC), Carderock-Philadelphia to receive $ 1,999,682
for a program to develop and manufacture fiber optic
sensors for the U.S. Navy. The goal of the program
is to develop high temperature photonic sensor instrumentation
to support the Navy's Condition Based Maintenance
(CBM) program for marine power gas turbine engines
in order to increase the efficiency, reliability,
and performance of turbine-powered surface ships.
Senator Warner, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, said, "Our Navy is always looking
for new technologies to become even more efficient,
and I am pleased that this exciting, Virginia-based
program will help our Sailors do just that."
The competitively bid award will result in a new generation
of fiber optic based pressure, flow, temperature,
and strain sensor systems for gas turbine engines
for both legacy and future shipboard propulsion systems.
Initially, the NSWC program will develop a suite of
pressure, flow, and temperature sensor systems specifically
designed for the Rolls Royce 501-K17/34 and General
Electric LM2500 gas turbine engines with subsequent
applications on the next generation of Rolls Royce
and General Electric turbines. Additionally, the sensor
systems developed under this program will have applications
for similar gas turbine platforms within the Navy,
Army, Air Force, Department of Energy, and the commercial
"The Navy's Condition Based Maintenance program
is critical to life cycle support and reduced maintenance
requirements for the fleet's gas turbine engines,"
stated Alan Karpovitch, NSWC Marine Gas Turbine Program
Manager. "Fiber optic sensors will provide a
vital component to advanced shipboard controls in
support of the Navy's CBM initiatives."
With the integration of Condition Based Maintenance
and the replacement of all controls on existing engines
with Full Authority Digital Controls (FADC), sensor
replacement is a critical step to ensure equipment
health monitoring and the success of CBM technology,
a major component of the Future Naval Capabilities
Program. High temperature sensors from Prime Research
will provide the Navy with data not previously available,
but which is critical for improved engine health management
"We are privileged to be able to assist the Navy
with this important sensor program," noted Joseph
Swider, President of Prime Photonics, LC. "We
have dedicated a highly skilled team to this initiative
and are intensely committed to meeting and exceeding
the goals of this sensor program for our Navy customer."
Prime Research has assembled a diverse team of engineers,
scientists, manufacturing personnel, and turbine specialists
to ensure the technical and scheduling components
of this program are fully executed. Prime Research
has also teamed with Noesis, Inc. of Arlington, VA
to leverage their substantial technical and unique
operational knowledge of gas turbine engines and generators
on Navy and commercial vessels.
According to Richard J. Martin, President of Noesis,
Inc., "We are excited to be assisting Prime by
providing highly experienced project management expertise
and liaison with the U.S. Navy for this innovative
technology that promises highly reliable and accurate
sensors and systems for present and future critical
requirements for the U.S. Navy."
The new turbine sensor program will leverage several
significant initiatives underway at Prime Research
to commercialize a family of fiber optic sensors for
military and commercial applications. Prime's growth
will contribute to the overall economic health of
Virginia through additional high paying jobs, increased
local capital expenditures, and a further expansion
of fiber optic and photonics expertise in the Mid-Atlantic.
ABOUT THE PRIME PHOTONICS GROUP
Prime Photonics, LC and Prime Research, LC (http://www.primeresearchlc.com/)
focus on commercialization and research and development
of photonic sensor systems for harsh environments
in industries such as propulsion, aerospace, defense,
energy, industrial, nuclear, oil & gas production,
homeland security, medical and power generation. The
environments ideally suited for photonic sensors include
harsh environments with high temperatures, high pressures,
high electromagnetic and radiofrequency interferences,
and/or corrosive atmospheres.
Another company in the Prime Photonics group dedicated
to developing solutions to nationwide challenges is
Prime NanoScience whose mission is the development
and commercialization of nanotechnology for
commercial and military applications.
Source: Prime Photonics, LC
CONTACT: Joseph Swider of Prime Photonics, LC, +1-540-961-2200
Web site: http://www.primephotonics.com/