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Ultra Low-Power and Embeddable Blade-Condition Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 94483
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 07 c
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-18
Small Business Information
6960 Firerock Court
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 112811364
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Owen
 (303) 523-8924
Business Contact
 Robert Owen
Title: Dr.
Phone: (303) 523-8924
Research Institution
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
 Linda Bucy
Office of Sponsored Programs 1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006 (MC 0170)
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States

 (540) 231-5281
 Nonprofit College or University

This SBIR/STTR project delivers an ultra-low power structural health monitoring (SHM) system that uses autonomous, wirelessly embedded sensors to monitor and assess structural integrity in wind turbine blades. EASE features impedance-based active SHM, which is highly sensitive to damage like cracks, delimitations, mass variations, fastener failures and stiffness changes. Blades are the only wind turbine component designed and manufactured uniquely for wind energy applications, and the blade is perhaps the most important link in component technology. Future, improved blade designs will maximize performance at the lowest possible cost, stretch rotors to greater swept areas, and increase energy capture

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