Configurable Dynamic Strain System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-08-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number: F071-344-0446
Amount: $748,898.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-344
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way SW, Huntsville, AL, 35805
DUNS: 124289294
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alton Reich
 Project Manager
 (256) 713-1220
Business Contact
 Alton Reich
Title: Project Manager
Phone: (256) 713-1220
Research Institution
The AEDC Engine Test Facility (ETF) has more than 20 test cells that can be used for testing prototype propulsion systems and components. The testing of propulsion systems requires significant data acquisition capabilities, with one test utilizing more than 4200 channels of instrumentation, including 200 dynamic strain gages. In response to the sheer set-up challenge, AEDC has developed the concept of Snap-In/Snap-Out sensors – in which each sensor is close-coupled to electronics sufficient to control the sensor and convert analog output to digital data that is transmitted over a network for recording and processing. This concept closely mirrors that of smart transducers described in IEEE Standard 1451 that defines the Smart Transducer Interface Module that interacts with a sensor, contains a Transducer Electronic Data Sheet with information required to convert raw output into engineering units, and that communicates with a Network Capable Application Processor that transmits collected data over a conventional network. The proposed effort will focus on the development, fabrication and assembly, and testing of a complete prototype system capable of operation with 24 strain gages. The system will be designed for easy expansion to 200 strain gages or more. Testing will be performed in a relevant environment to demonstrate the suitability of the system for use in AEDC test cells.

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