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Real-Time Management of Turbine Engine Usage Data

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
VEXTEC Corporation
PO Box 2287 Bldg. 2, Suite 270 Brentwood, TN 37024-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Real-Time Management of Turbine Engine Usage Data
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2558
Award Amount: $99,956.00


This SBIR program will develop a novel software methodology for the management of gas turbine usage data in real time for accurate prediction of engine life. The approach will be flexible enough to allow for re-assessment of life consumption when subsequent knowledge provides a revised understanding of the way the damage is accrued. Phase I effort will investigate at least two potential data compression methods. The first approach, similar to many conventional computer compression routines, would be based on a pattern matching look-up table. The second approach will be based on the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). A key Phase I task will be to identify an approach for signal processing or data compression without any negative effects on life prediction. Although data compression experts can be found throughout industry, the VEXTEC Team are renowned turbine engine lifing and fatigue experts.The Phase I effort will evaluate optimal data processing techniques that will need to be incorporated into engine health management as well as engine prognosis systems. The Phase II effort will further develop these techniques and demonstrate how data flows from the raw signal to a processed and compressed format.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Holmes
Manager Technology

Business Contact:

Loren Nasser
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750 Old Hickory Blvd, Building 2, Suite 270 Brentwood, TN 37027

EIN/Tax ID: 582529317
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No