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A Hierarchical Wireless System for Distributed Strain Monitoring in Naval…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-095
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Small Business Information
Civionics, LLC
1600 Huron Parkway, 2nd Floor Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5001
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Hierarchical Wireless System for Distributed Strain Monitoring in Naval Structures
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-M-0199
Award Amount: $69,171.00


The U.S. Navy is currently pursuing the development of a new line of light-weight, high-speed aluminum ships to supplement their aging fleet of steel hull vessels. Because these new aluminum vessels are designed for high-speed operation, they will be exposed to demanding seaway loads with bow slamming possible. As such, technologies that can detect and quantify structural degradation or damage within an aluminum hull (such as fatigue or stress-corrosion cracking) have become increasingly sought after. In this proposal, a novel hierarchical approach to strain monitoring in Naval platforms will be developed. At the lowest level of the proposed strain monitoring architecture will be a dense network of ultra low-power, miniaturized strain sensor nodes that meet the form factor and cost demands of the U.S. Navy. These nodes will connect wirelessly to more sophisticated wireless sensor nodes that form a part of a much larger ship hull monitoring system. By employing an architecture where dense arrays of low-cost, light-weight miniaturized wireless strain sensors are seamlessly joined with a global network of intelligent wireless sensing units, shipboard strain monitoring systems can be deployed at reduced weight and cost, while eliminating problems associated with data glut and sensor density.

Principal Investigator:

Andrew Zimmerman

Business Contact:

Andrew Zimmerman
Small Business Information at Submission:

Civionics, LLC
1954 McIntyre St. Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 270739941
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No