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Thrust Estimation System for Military Engine Test Cell Applications

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-181
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Small Business Information
Impact Technologies, LLC
NY Rochester, NY 14623-2893
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Thrust Estimation System for Military Engine Test Cell Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0166
Award Amount: $149,933.00


Engine thrust is a critical measurement in military engine acceptance tests, and this measurement may be too noisy or to extract meaningful information. Impact Technologies therefore proposes to develop an accurate real-time military engine thrust estimator to compute "virtual measurements" of engine thrust and other parameters of interest in a streaming, on-line fashion. Thrust estimation is a challenging task due to the complex dependency of thrust on the engine's health condition and other unknown factors. To accurately capture engine-to-engine variation and engine degradation, a hybrid model is proposed that consists of a physics-based model and an empirical model based on Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). The model will be used within a Kalman filter estimator structure reconstruct the true dynamic engine performance variables. This scheme will be enhanced by a sensor validation scheme to ensure robustness to sensor faults or noise that can occur in the test cell environment. The proposed Phase I is designed to establish a sound proof-of-concept capability with high prospects for maturation in DoD/commercial engine test cells and on-wing engine applications.

Principal Investigator:

Jonathan DeCastro
Sr. Project Engineer

Business Contact:

Mark Redding
Small Business Information at Submission:

Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd Rochester, NY 14623

EIN/Tax ID: 161567136
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No