The first market for this technology will be in the health monitoring systems of NASA space exploration vehicles, including spacecraft, rockets, and aircraft. There are a wide range of NASA applications in which this technology could significantly improve reliability, performance and/or reduce costs of operation. Extreme environment capable SiC electronics will eliminate (or reduce) the need for thermal shielding, and active cooling systems, reducing size, weight, and the complexity of the control systems.
The immediate application of the proposed hash environment SiC wireless sensor suite will be the health monitoring of turbine engine for both military and commercial aircraft. The ability to have embedded sensors (in both aircraft and spacecraft) that can detect temperature, strain, vibration, cracks, etc. will provide much needed engine health status as well as prognosis for possible or eminent in-flight failures. This technology will enable nearly continuous on-board situational awareness of the vehicle health state for use by the flight crew, ground crew, and maintenance depot, and contribute to the reduction of aircraft system and component failures and malfunctions that cause and contribute to aircraft accidents and incidents. Another promising application of this technology resides in power generation industry, including both nuclear power generation and gas turbine power generation. By introducing high temperature sensors and wireless transmitters into the gas turbine units (specifically within the blades where temperatures range from 450 to 1200 Deg C) and gathering, transmitting, and monitoring the obtained data sets in real-time, very accurate turbine conditions can be determined. Under such cases where the turbine internal systems conditions are known in detail, maintenance will be performed on an as needed basis, as opposed to the costly regularly scheduled downtimes.