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Embedded Component Health Management for Rotorcraft

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
92115
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-019-1547
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Embedded Component Health Management for Rotorcraft
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911W6-10-C-0016
Award Amount: $69,960.00
 

Abstract:

Embedded usage tracking of helicopter rotating components, combined with active radio frequency identification (RFID) has the potential to reduce maintenance costs, reduce weight, maximize structural life, & enhance safety. Energy harvesting used with advanced, micro-power wireless sensing electronics, enables the realization of truly autonomous sensing and recording. The objective of this SBIR is to develop a comprehensive and networked health management capability that can be embedded directly into a rotorcraft component. This Phase I SBIR effort includes development and demonstration of embedded energy harvesting radio frequency identification (EH-RFID) nodes with capabilities of unique identification, performance monitoring, on board storage of component usage history, and remaining useful life. One of the unique aspects of this Phase I SBIR proposal is that the EH-RFID sensor nodes will be designed to consume very little energy. This facilitates continuous operation using highly miniaturized energy harvesters. This approach greatly reduces the barriers to embedded sensor installation. EH-RFIDs shall be compatible with existing wireless sensor data aggregators (WSDAs), which feature an open architecture interface to HUMS boxes. However, EH-RFID nodes will also be designed to perform autonomously on aircraft which may not have an installed HUMS system.

Principal Investigator:

Steven W. Arms
President
8028626629
swarms@microstrain.com

Business Contact:

Sarah Lynch
Contracts Specialist
8028626629
slynch@microstrain.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MICROSTRAIN, INC.
459 Hurricane Lane Suite 102 Williston, VT 05495

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