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Control Surface Buffet Load Measurement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0235
Agency Tracking Number: N091-013-1485
Amount: $79,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-013
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-04-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-10-27
Small Business Information
2560 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States
DUNS: 152761375
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Gerardi
 Principal Investigator
 (607) 257-0533
Business Contact
 Kumar Seetharam
Title: Principal Investigator
Phone: (607) 257-0533
Research Institution

High performance military aircraft require reliable measurement of critical loads on control surfaces during maneuvering and dynamic events such as wing buffet. Innovative Dynamics proposes to investigate a distributed sensor network to continuously monitor the structural integrity of control surfaces especially when in buffeting or flutter situations. Phase I will design a Buffet Load Measurement System Architecture for application to the JSF control surfaces. This will include the development of patch sensors and electronics for making vibration load measurements including the collection, transmission, and storage of sensor time and feature data. The end goal is the development of a structural diagnostic tool that will integrate with the on-board aircraft HUMS box and display post flight buffet load data along with other key aircraft parameters. This will allow users to determine exactly when and where flutter conditions occur during the flight profile. Phase II will develop the system hardware network for demonstration on an actual control surface in a wind tunnel or vibration table demonstration. Phase III will integrate sensors into manufactured parts using direct write processes. Successful demonstration of the system will lead to development of a HUMS based diagnostic tool for monitoring of critical surfaces on high performance aircraft.

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