Traditional and Emerging Energy Innovation

Creating New Sensor Technology for Harsh Energy Environments

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A cutting-edge optical fiber sensor technology – developed by the University of Pittsburgh and NETL – which provides unprecedented measurement capabilities in environments previously thought impossible to probe, has earned a 2022 R&D 100 Award.

NuSense Technology — High Spatial Resolution Optical Sensors for Harsh Environments, an innovation developed Kevin Chen’s group at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering together with NETL as the co-developer, can function in extreme environments found in nuclear reactor cores. It also can be used to monitor structural health in critical energy production systems such as gas turbines, boiler tubes, reactor coolant pipes or core containment vessels. These measurements can provide valuable early warnings before accidents or breakdowns occur.

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Paul Kovach

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