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Innovative Submersible Outboard Cable Failure Detection and Prediction Device

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
98451
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-057-0700
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-057
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
3580 West Ina Road Tucson, AZ 85741-2276
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Innovative Submersible Outboard Cable Failure Detection and Prediction Device
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-10-C-0039
Award Amount: $79,959.00
 

Abstract:

Ridgetop Group will develop a non-destructive, ruggedized toolset consisting of a personal hand-held device that uses an innovative, compact Power Draw Correlation Technique to detect damage to multi-conductor Submersible High Data Rate (SubHDR) cables. The toolset also consists of an innovative adaptive time-to-failure (ATTF) prognostic algorithm to generate accurate remaining useful life (RUL) estimates for detected damaged cables, such as those in the sensor masts of Virginia class submarines. A hand-held device transmits pseudorandom bit sequences (PRBS) along the cable: in the presence of cable damage, the PRBS energy reflects along the cable and the scattered energy will not be random. Using auto-correlation (correlogram), non-random energy causes peaks in the correlation integral; a signal phase shift indicates the damage location. As the cable damage increases, the strength of the correlogram signal increases, and this signal characteristic is a fault-to-failure progression (FFP) signature that is input to the ATTF prognostic algorithm. Ridgetop will also investigate whether time-domain reflectometry (TDR) can determine damage locations.

Principal Investigator:

James Hofmeister
Principal Investigator
5207423300
james.hofmeister@ridgetopgroup.com

Business Contact:

Douglas Goodman
President and CEO
5207423300
doug.goodman@ridgetopgroup.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ridgetop Group, Inc.
6595 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704

EIN/Tax ID: 860979220
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No