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Smart Joint System for In-situ Monitoring of Buildings

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Department of Homeland Security
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Acellent Technologies, Inc.
835 Stewart Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94085-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Smart Joint System for In-situ Monitoring of Buildings
Agency: DHS
Contract: NBCHC070100
Award Amount: $749,954.46


Acellent proposes to develop a smart joint structural health monitoring (SHM) sensor network that can autonomously assess in real time the structural stability of buildings. The sensor network will use piezoelectric transducers and temperature sensors to characterize damage in, and monitor the rigidity of components of the building primary structure. Acellent’s existing sensor network technology will be used as the basis for the proposed development. Phase I focused on preliminary prototyping and technology demonstrations while Phase II will focus on complete system development. Innovations in Phase II will include development of a SmartDAQ sensor package that includes the piezoelectric transducers, temperature sensors, hardware, energy harvested power, battery, wireless data transmission and intelligent software. This will be used to provide a real time assessment of the building structural integrity. The data will be available for display to provide and early warning to first response and emergency personnel to ensure their safety prior to entering the building. An additional development will be to use the sensors to recognize sound and/or voice transmitted through the structure to allow search and rescue personnel to pinpoint the location of survivors and determine what they are trying to say through an easy conversion to text messaging. Key Words Structural Health Monitoring, Sensor networks, welded steel moment

Principal Investigator:

Shawn J. Beard
Chief Technology Officer
(408) 745-1188

Business Contact:

Amrita Kumar
Director , Business Development
(408) 745-1188
Small Business Information at Submission:

Acellent Technologies, Inc.
155 C-3 Moffett Park Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94089-

EIN/Tax ID: 770377143
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No