Damage Tracking for Helicopters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,995.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0216
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-011-0018
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-011
Small Business Information
INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC MACHINES
60 Fourth Avenue, Albany, NY, 12202
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
188282131
Principal Investigator
 Zack Mian
 CEO and President
 (518) 449-5504
 zack786@nycap.rr.com
Business Contact
 Chris Rose
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (518) 449-5504
Email: cnrose@iem.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To permit more accurate gauging of the fatigue life of rotorcraft rotor assembly components, International Electronic Machines (IEM), a leader in rugged sensor design for safety and maintenance, proposes the design of the MEMS-based Integrated Strain Tracking System. Due to the small rotor component sizes and the necessity that the sensors not interfere with rotorcraft operation, some form of MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) technology must be used. IEM will use an innovative ultraminiature RF passive/active tag approach which will remove the need for power sources on-board the sensors (power provided by interrogating transceivers). In Phase I, IEM, assisted by Dr. James Castracane of Albany Nanotech and by the Boeing Corporation's Rotorcraft Division, will: -Provide a basic operational design for MISTS -Evaluate MEMS strain sensing methods for this application -Select or design appropriate strain sensors, calibration sensors, and MEMS RFIT (Radio-frequency Information Transceiver) devices -Design an innovative Component Monitoring Tag (CMT) -Profile selected rotor components for their stress patterns to determine best sensor placement -Design and prototype the Sensor Interrogation Transceiver Units (SITUs) -Design the SAN (Sensor Area Network) and protocols for interrogation and data transfer -Demonstrate the feasibility and practicality of all subsystems in laboratory settings in preparation for Phase II.

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