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A Wireless Sensor to Monitor Generator Control Unit and Main Power Relay Health

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Sporian Microsystems
515 Courtney Way Suite B Lafayette, CO 80026-8821
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: A Wireless Sensor to Monitor Generator Control Unit and Main Power Relay Health
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0034
Award Amount: $99,991.00


Sporian proposes to develop a wireless sensor suite for rotorcraft Generator Control Unit (GCU) and Main Power Relay (MPR) health monitoring. This sensor suite will monitor the GCU for changes in component characteristics (e.g. resistance of relay contacts), temperature, vibration extremes, voltage surges, and other factors that will indicate the unit is close to the end of its serviceably life. The complete data set will be logged, analyzed for prognostic and diagnostic estimations, and wirelessly transmission to maintenance personnel and/or a Health Monitoring and Usage System (HUMS) mounted on the rotorcraft. This system will also assist with Condition Based Maintenance CBM by indicating to maintenance personnel when an GCU system could fail. Phase I efforts will focus on defining the system requirements, evaluating competing system options, developing an initial design for the system, and prototyping and demonstrating critical aspects of the system in a laboratory environment on actual or representative GCU components. Sporian will work with Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratory and Titanium Mirror, Inc. on the proposed effort.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Follett
Sr. Electrical Engineer
(303) 516-9075

Business Contact:

Mike Usrey
VP Business Development
(303) 516-9075
Small Business Information at Submission:

Sporian Microsystems, Inc.
515 Courtney Way Suite B Lafayette, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 841531263
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No