HAMPTON, Va. — A NASA-developed wireless sensor technology that is damage tolerant and requires no electrical connections will be the focus of a Sept. 13 technology meeting for potential licensees.

Developed by scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., “SansEC Geometric Sensing Patterns” are single electrical components and the simplest, completely functional circuit that can be manufactured today. Unlike other sensors, a SansEC sensor can be designed for measurements unrelated to each other — like temperature and fluid level — and easily switch from one to another or do both simultaneously.

The SansEC or “without electrical connection” technology will be presented from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at NASA Langley with an optional two-hour tour of the Center’s facilities following the workshop. Interested parties should contact Moline Prak at moline.k.prak@nasa.gov or (757) 864-7579 to attend.

The event, facilitated by RTI International, will include presentations, demonstrations and one-on-one discussion opportunities with the inventors. NASA technology transfer representatives will be available to discuss how the technology can be used in commercial applications.

The SansEC open-circuit sensor has no conventional electrical connections making it highly resilient to damage. It operates as a single component and not only weighs less than its closed-circuit counterparts but can be manufactured at a lower cost. It uses fewer materials; requires less time and labor; produces less waste and has a wide range of commercial applications.

NASA scientists originally developed SansEC as a method of having thermal insulation serve as a damage detection system for inflatable space structures. R&D Magazine selected SansEC as one of the 100 most innovative ideas in 2008.

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