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Spectro Inc. | Date: 2013-11-26

A route based analysis system includes, in one version, an infrared spectrometer subsystem configured to produce a spectrum for oil introduced to an oil sample cell. The system displays a route including assets with oil to be inspected. The type of oil used in each asset is determined. For each asset on the route, one or more oil property methods specific to the oil used in the asset are located. The spectrum of each assets oil is analyzed using specific methods in order to produce oil properties.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 147.93K | Year: 2012

ABSTRACT: The Joint Oil Analysis Program (JOAP), since its inception in 1968, has played a role in avoiding countless equipment failures via oil analysis being carried out according to its guidelines. During every decade of its history, analysis protocols have been refined to meet the need for effective oil analysis of new and aging assets. Currently, JOAP is in a position where its protocols, relative to the needs of the Warfighter, need a detailed review. The proposed effort provides this using a team of industry leaders. The key goals of the proposed effort center on three main thrusts: (a) determining how to enhance the existing capabilities and predictive power of oil analysis by providing more specific linkage between the analysis itself and suspect asset components; (b) examining the existing JOAP architecture and its technology pieces; and (c) establishing new overall oil analysis protocols for specific assets via (a), (b), input from industry best practices and cost/benefit optimization, which may be beta-tested during the Phase II effort. The goal is to streamline the entire oil analysis process. A successful Phase I effort will result in testable solutions for JOAP which can provide the Warfighter with significantly enhanced asset protection tools. BENEFIT: As a result of a successful Phase I effort, the Spectro Team will provide DoD with immediate, comprehensive oil analysis solutions for beta testing on selected assets. The goal in targeting these assets will be to demonstrate, through a sampling of the vast variety and needs of DoD assets, concrete solutions that are scalable to the whole of assets monitored by JOAP. It is anticipated that these solutions will provide JOAP with a template for a carefully managed but transformative future thrust.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.95K | Year: 2014

ABSTRACT: This Program is concerned with providing Next Generation capability to the AF OAP and JOAP. This takes the form of a portable, 35-lb analysis system called the Q5800A from Spectro, Inc. Such an instrument provides the capability of comprehensive oil and debris monitoring that no technology in the Program or known to be commercially available can provide. These long-standing, 40+ year programs, which have provided so much value to the DoD in terms of identifying aircraft issues and in doing so, saving lives, face the current challenge of needing to provide this analysis with aging, near-obsolete equipment that can no longer provide full aircraft monitoring needs. The objective of this Phase II program is to prove that such a Q5800A system meets AF OAP and JOAP needs via undergoing a detailed testing protocol. BENEFIT: A Q5800A system which can provide quality analysis of neat oil, captured particulate, and can be expanded to provide a comprehensive suite of oil quality results (fluid mixup, viscosity, water content, aciditiy) and which is portable (35 lb.) at the same time simply does not exist on the market today and can provide AF OAP and JOAP with long-sought needs for a next-generation comprehensive analysis device. Its commercial promise is similarly large.


Patent
Spectro Inc. | Date: 2013-10-08

A sensor and associated methods wherein a bolt or rod stem includes a flow path through and across the stem. A source of radiation within the stem is configured to direct radiation through the flow path and a detector subsystem in the stem is configured to detect radiation passing through the flow path. A head includes electrical conductors for the radiation source and detector subsystem resulting in a compact, inexpensive sensor.


Patent
Spectro Inc. | Date: 2013-01-15

A spectrometer sample head including a housing, at least one source of radiation in the housing, and a flip top sample cell including first and second hinged plates and a window through the first plate with a pane in the window, the pane for receiving a sample thereon. The housing includes a channel for receiving the plates when coupled together for placing the sample in the optical path of the radiation.


Patent
Spectro Inc. | Date: 2014-04-15

A particle counter and classification system including an imaging subsystem configured to determine the size and morphology of particles above a predetermined size in a fluid in a sample cell. A first stage magnetometer sensor subsystem is tuned to detect and determine the size of ferrous and/or conducting particles. An optional second stage magnetometer sensor subsystem is tuned to detect the overall ferrous particle content of the fluid. A processor subsystem is configured to calculate and report the number of particles in the fluid in a plurality of size ranges, their morphology, their classification as a particular particle type according to their characteristic morphology, the number of ferrous and/or conducting particles, and the overall ferrous content of the fluid.


Patent
Spectro Inc. | Date: 2014-01-13

A viscometer assembly includes a first plate with a rail configured to constrain fluid thereon between its edges by surface tension. A second opposing plate has a surface spaced from the rail by a predefined gap of constraining fluid to the rail by surface tension when the rail is inclined and gravity pulls the fluid along the rail. The kinematic viscosity of the fluid is determined as a function of the predetermined gap and the time it takes the fluid to flow along the rail.


Trademark
Spectro Inc. | Date: 2014-03-13

Scientific apparatus, namely, electronic analyzers for analyzing and testing petroleum and hydrocarbon fluids.


A method of determining the amount of water in an industrial oil (e.g., turbine oil) includes homogenizing an oil sample, subjecting the homogenized sample to infrared spectroscopy within 30 minutes of homogenization, and determining a baseline absorbance level for the sample within a predetermined wavenumber range. That baseline is compared with spectral template baselines and, based on the comparison, the amount of water in the oil sample is estimated.


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