Prime Photonics – Technologies for Extreme Applications

Fiber OpticsFiber Optic Sensors

We have extensive experience with a wide array of fiber optic sensor technologies with an emphasis on high temperature applications. Current Research & Development activities include Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) FOCIS™ turbine sensors, High-Temperature Strain Gages and UHT Sapphire MFPS™ sensors. Learn more…

Energy HarvestingEnergy Harvesting

Energy harvesting technologies hold the promise of enabling truly maintenance free electronic components and systems.  Prime is developing energy harvesting technologies that can be applied to a wide range of energy harvesting and thermal management applications.  Learn more…

MetamaterialAdvanced Materials & Devices

We are developing exciting new magnetic materials and manufacturing techniques that are showing promise to yield exciting new possibilities in the area of magnetic field sensing, energy harvesting and electromagnetic systems. Learn more…

Wireless SensorsGas Turbine Health Monitoring

Real-time Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection, vibratory analysis and High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) detection can significantly lower operating costs, improve safety and increase operational readiness of gas turbine engines and land-based turbines.  Learn more…

Prime Photonics wins Best Technology Demonstration at PHM 2014

October 14, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics received the Best Demonstration Award at the 2014 Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Conference held in Dallas, September 29 – October 2, 2014.  At the conference Prime Photonics demonstrated their fiber optic sensor-based FOCIS™ Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system. The demonstration, conducted by Senior Engineer Chris Westcott, utilized a projectile (Airsoft pellet) fired into an enclosed high speed Electric Ducted Fan (EDF).  FOCIS™ sensors provide data from the fan during operation, and Prime Photonics proprietary software algorithms use the data to identify the impacted blade. In the demo, impact location was verified with a high-speed digital camera.  After the live demo, Mr. Westcott then provided an overview of how the results are produced and challenged the audience to accurately predict future demonstration impacts.

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