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Trained Network Force Measurement System for Aircraft/Store Interfaces

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
ATA Engineering, Inc.
CA San Diego, CA 92130-2566
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Trained Network Force Measurement System for Aircraft/Store Interfaces
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-11-C-0009
Award Amount: $499,718.00


This proposal addresses the development of new methodology and supporting technology to predict reaction forces in weapon store connections of naval aircraft. The proposed methodology utilizes a strain gage-based measurement technique in which a series of sensors are calibrated with a set of known loading configurations. The sensitivity matrix relating the measured strains to the loads forms the core of a system. The efficacy of this network will improve as more strain gages are added and more calibration load cases are applied. The feasibility of the proposed technique on a simple but representative test specimen was successfully demonstrated both analytically and experimentally in Phase I. The Phase II effort will improve upon the concepts developed in Phase I to include implementation of a strain measurement system based upon optical gages, development of a true 6-DOF calibration testing rig, and a methodology for optimal placement of strain gage locations. Further validation and advanced development of the system technology for practical implementation will be achieved through in-house testing during the Phase II base contract and shake table testing at China Lake Naval Air Station during the Phase II Option.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Napolitano
Technical Advisor, Test D
(858) 480-2030

Business Contact:

Howard Matt
Manager, Business Develop
(858) 480-2102
Small Business Information at Submission:

ATA Engineering, Inc
11995 El Camino Real Suite 200 San Diego, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330900801
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92130-
Contact: Mike Todd
Contact Phone: (858) 534-5951