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Damage Tracking for Helicopters

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75057
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-011-0599
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MicroStrain, Inc.
459 Hurricane Lane Suite 102 Williston, VT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Damage Tracking for Helicopters
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-06-C-0218
Award Amount: $749,964.00
 

Abstract:

The goal of this Phase II SBIR proposal is to design, build, test, and demonstrate next generation energy harvesting wireless sensors for real time load measurement and structural damage tracking on helicopters. Energy harvesting allows the realization of wireless monitoring systems that do not require battery maintenance. During Phase I, our energy harvesting wireless sensors were optimized for helicopter pitch links. A working laboratory demonstration, replicating level helicopter flight, was provided to the Navy for pitch link strain and load monitoring applications. During Phase II, these systems will be miniaturized, shielded, environmentally hardened, environmentally tested, and flight tested on helicopters. The rugged, miniaturized sensing systems that will result from the Phase II effort will be well suited to perform in military vehicles. By combining energy harvesting & storage, micro-power sensing & data recording, wireless communications, and embedded load & damage tracking capabilities, this work will result in the realization of extremely powerful and versatile embedded sensing nodes. During the Phase II Option, the nodes shall be readied for transition by optimization, qualification, & production automation. These new systems will serve a wide range of applications, including: embedded test & evaluation (ET&E), health usage monitoring (HUMS), and structural health monitoring (SHM).

Principal Investigator:

Steven W. Arms
President
8028626629
swarms@microstrain.com

Business Contact:

Steven W. Arms
President
8028626629
swarms@microstrain.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MICROSTRAIN, INC.
310 Hurricane Lane Suite 4 Williston, VT 05495

EIN/Tax ID: 030340839
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No