The primary NASA application is to jet engine turbine and combustor ground test facilities. In particular the Phase 2 prototype will be installed and tested at an engine test facility at GRC. The generic application is to high temperature facilities with limited optical analysis where thermal mapping is crucial for equipment diagnosis.
Commercially, TvU envisions producing a Fiber Thermal Imaging Systems for sale initially to NASA, the Air Force, and to companies such as Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Rolls Royce, and SNECMA for use in their jet engine research programs and later their production. Pratt & Whitney has provided a letter of support for Phase 2 development and hopefully will be one of our first commercial Phase 3 customers. They plan to apply the instrument to improve turbine and combustor designs to improve the F135 and NGPF maintenance costs. Their future programs needing the diagnostic may include JSF Growth, Navy Unmanned Combat Air Systems (UCAS), VAATE, and Next Generation Long Range Strike (NGLRS) initiatives.