MEMS-based Interactive Strain Tracking System (MISTS) Phase II: INSU Development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,997.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-06-C-0217
Award Id:
75055
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-011-0018
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
60 Fourth Avenue, Albany, NY, 12202
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188282131
Principal Investigator:
Zack Mian
President and CEO
(518) 449-5504
zack786@nycap.rr.com
Business Contact:
Shannon Hinckley
Office Manager
(518) 449-5504
shannon@iem.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In Phase I, International Electronic Machines Corporation (IEM) demonstrated the feasibility of two approaches for applying wireless self-powered sensor nodes to rotorcraft components: the MEMS-based Integrated Strain Tracking System (MISTS) approach, and the related Integrated Networked Sensor Unit (INSU). MISTS is a "bleeding-edge" design intended to produce tags no more than 5mmX5mm, while INSU is a leading-edge design incorporating both current off-the-shelf and custom designs to yield a projected final design footprint of ~½" (~13mm) square. One product of Phase I was the creation of a new, innovative solid-state ultra-low power strain sensor with performance equal to or better than any extant strain sensor. To achieve rapid practical deployment, NAVAIR directed subsequent work focus on the INSU approach. Therefore, in Phase II, IEM will develop the INSU to full field demonstration capability, including the wireless INSU node itself (sensor, power, communications, and data processing systems) and appropriate data processing hardware and software to gather, process, and analyze information from the INSU units. The final designs will meet or exceed military requirements for ruggedness, endurance, reliability, and accuracy, and be: widely applicable to many forms of transportation and industrial machinery, able to use other types of sensors, and extremely low cost.

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