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High Speed Continuous Blade Health Monitoring for Turbine Engines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
76998
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N062-114-0951
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive Whippany, NJ 07981-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: High Speed Continuous Blade Health Monitoring for Turbine Engines
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0215
Award Amount: $749,989.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase II project proposes the innovative use of radar sensors to address limitations in non-contacting stress measurement systems (NSMS). By using radar sensors with a continuous data stream, as opposed to time of arrival from discrete sensors, continuous blade vibration measurements could be performed over a portion of the blade arc of travel. By processing the data in the frequency domain, the data reduction process will be able to efficiently separate the contributions of the active modes of vibration and directly provide accurate blade stress calculations. The feasibility of the radar system was demonstrated through benchtop testing as well as with a compressor test rig that was designed, built, and commissioned by MSI during the Phase I project. Comparing data from the radar system with strain gage measurements proved the feasibility of using radar to make continuous blade vibration measurements. Both time domain and frequency domain data were analyzed, demonstrating that the system resolution is capable of detecting very low levels of blade displacement and stress.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Platt
Principal Investigator
9733269920
mjp@mechsol.com

Business Contact:

William Marscher
Technical Director
9733269920
wdm@mechsol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MECHANICAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
11 Apollo Drive Whippany, NJ 07981

EIN/Tax ID: 223476647
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No