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Through Wall Wireless Intelligent Sensor and Health Monitoring (TWall-ISHM) System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18C0215
Agency Tracking Number: 170202
Amount: $749,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T13
Solicitation Number: STTR_17_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-16
Small Business Information
888 Easy Street
Simi Valley, CA 93065-1812
United States
DUNS: 611466855
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Francisco Maldonado
 Product Development Manager
 (805) 582-0582
 emelgarejo@americangnc.com
Business Contact
 Emily Melgarejo
Phone: (805) 582-0582
Email: emelgarejo@americangnc.com
Research Institution
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3522
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)
Abstract

To support development at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC) testing facilities and infrastructure for the monitoring of remote or inaccessible measurement locations, American GNC Corporation (AGNC) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed the Through Wall Wireless Intelligent Sensor and Health Monitoring (TWall-ISHM) System. This technology allows deploying flexible instrumentation and health monitoring capability in fully enclosed areas such as vacuum jacketed pipelines or pressurized tanks by a non-intrusive data and energy transfer through-wall system where perforations are avoided, maintaining structural integrity of monitored systems. Major innovations and capabilities are: (a) non-intrusive sensing where holes in isolating walls are not required; (b) wireless data and power transmission through solid walls by robust ultrasound techniques; (c) self-diagnostics of piezoelectric (PZT) elements used either for ultrasound communications or as sensors; (d) embedded intelligent algorithms in the TIMs (Transducer Interface Modules), i.e. smart sensors; and (e) sensor network operation capability, i.e. smart sensors on both sides of the wall and in remote locations can communicate to a network coordinator. TWall-ISHM is an integral solution with Instrumentation and Measurement methods, advanced ultrasound communications (in addition to RF and wired communication), and health monitoring in an innovative yet practical product.

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