March 23, 2015 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics Principal Scientist, Dr. David Gray, served as an expert panelist at the 2015 Virginia Tech Drillfield Series presentation, “What Fuels Our Planet” at the Holtzman Alumni Center Saturday, March 21. The Renewable Energy Panel, moderated by Prof. Shashank Priya of the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) at Virginia Tech, discussed how technology advancements are creating new opportunities to harness alternative energy sources, and how developments at Virginia Tech have the potential to change local communities and the world.
November 10, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics exhibited its FOCIS™ gas turbine blade sensor product line at the joint PIWG/EVI-GTI conference held in Hasbrouck, New Jersey, October 20-24. The bi-annual joint meeting and conference held by the Propulsion and Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG) and its European counterpart, the European Virtual Institute for Gas Turbine Instrumentation (EVI-GTI), provides a forum for engine companies, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Energy, university researchers and suppliers, to discuss new gas turbine instrumentation products and technology, future measurement needs in the industry as well as gas turbine sensor standards activities. At the PIWG/EVI-GTI meeting, Prime Photonics’ Products and Applications Lead Malcolm Laing presented the FOCIS™ sensor product line and also discussed upcoming additions to the product line, including a higher temperature Blade Tip Timing (BTT) probe and new probe configurations. Prime Photonics has been a member of the PIWG Steering and Advisory Board since 2010 and is a member of multiple PIWG-driven standards efforts including ISA 107.1: Tip Timing for Use in Gas Turbine Engines.
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.
November 5, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics exhibited at the 2014 Turbine Engine Technology Symposium (TETS) tradeshow held in Dayton Ohio, September 8th through the September 10th, 2014. TETS is a biennial forum where the United States' turbine engine community gathers to review and discuss the latest turbine engine technology advances. Attendees of the conference included approximately 1000 representatives from aircraft engine manufactures, airframe manufactures, component and system suppliers, research universities and DOD personnel. At the conference Prime Photonics exhibited the fiber optic -based FOCIS™ gas turbine sensor product line and gave a live demonstration of the FOCIS™-based Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system. In addition to the FOCIS™ products, Prime Photonics, CEO Steve Poland, and Engineers Malcolm Laing and Todd Pickering, discussed the new technologies that Prime Photonics is developing including its Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) technology for subsurface flaw detection and surface acoustic wave-based high temperature sensors, as well as the upcoming additions to the FOCIS™ gas turbine sensor product line.
March 14, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that it has been selected for a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award by NASA to develop devices based on its novel magnetothermal-powered pump technology. The Prime Photonics technology requires no electricity to operate, resulting in thermal-powered fluidic pumps that can be used in a wide range of thermal control applications ranging from solar cells to advanced microelectronic devices. The Phase II project was one of 98 selected nationwide by NASA.