Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

Albert P. Pisano, Chair, UC Berkeley ME Department, Co-Director BSAC

Introduction to the Symposium and Discussion of the Role of Harsh Environment wireless Sensors in Energy & Power.

In this seminar will be presented current research and future visions for extreme harsh environment, wireless sensors. These sensors are being designed, fabricated, optimized, characterized and applied to the special task of “closing the loop” for the extreme control of combustion. The seminar will begin with a research motivation that examines the actual flows of energy (about 100 exajoules per year) through the United States. This energy flow is approximately 85% derived from the combustion of fossil fuel, and so the seminar proceeds to outline the options for true high-temperature sensors (600-1000 C). A number of thin film materials, suitable for fabrication via MEMS methods are examined as candidates for application to this sensor suite. Then, a number of sensors, both existing and under development are presented for two primary sources of power via combustion: gas turbines (stationary) and piston engines (mobile). A future vision of how an actual set of harsh environment, wireless sensors for both applications will be presented, and a set of conclusions about the future of the technology given.