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Intelligent Agents for Improved Ground-Test Operations

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / STTR
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190 Green Valley Road Owens Crossroads, AL 35763 9726
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Intelligent Agents for Improved Ground-Test Operations
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC06CB56C
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The proposal outlines a research program for developing a novel soft-computing technology composed of an Artificial Immune System and Bayesian Belief Networks for monitoring, knowledge and information processing, and decision support infrastructure for testing of rocket engines of future spacecrafts. An engine failure during test operations may cause catastrophic results for the test article, supporting infrastructure, and potentially to supporting resources. The ability to effectively monitor health and status of a testbed and test article during a test firing and to take corrective measures for peak performance and improving reliable operations is of utmost importance. Using an existing SR-30 Jet Engine testbed utilizing artificial intelligence control techniques, novel algorithms are being developed by The University of Alabama that can function under faulty sensor conditions, can work effectively with thousands of sensors at high data rates, are self-checking, and are self-correcting can be of further support. The proposed effort builds on an existing joint MSFC/University of Alabama project where NASA's NSSTC is only funding graduate student research. This proposal will further enhance technology research for realization and synthesis of needed advanced algorithms in larger scale test platforms for propulsion health management, thereby furthering educational research addressing NASA's education missions.

Principal Investigator:

Luis Trevino
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Luis R. Lopez
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

2L Research
190 Green Valley Rd. Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763

EIN/Tax ID: 550815464
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Alabama
Box 870104
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Contact: Cynthia H. Jones
Contact Phone: (205) 348-5152
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university