UF Team Works to Build Sensor That Can Take the Heat

A team led by UF’s Mark Sheplak will receive initial funding to design and fabricate dynamic pressure sensors capable of performing at temperatures upwards of 800 °C, as part of the DARPA High Operational Temperature Sensors program.

Most sensors function in temperatures up to 125ºC. So new solutions will be needed for extreme environments such as the surface of other planets. The team’s platform, Integrated Harsh-Environment Analog Transducers, harnesses team members’ experience in aerodynamic sensor design, thin-film piezoelectric transducer development, and high-temperature physics. “It’s an organic thing, where faculty come together … with very complementary technical abilities. No one person could do this.”

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