Flexible Sensor Network and Its Embedded Integrated Circuits for Structural Health Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-18-C-0009
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T03-0129
Amount: $749,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT03
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-19
Small Business Information
835 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Bergman
 (408) 745-1188
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Phone: (408) 307-4189
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
 Stanford University
 Gary Podesta
 3160 Porter Drive, Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA, 94304
 (650) 723-6211
 Nonprofit college or university
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) can be reliably used to perform on-line health monitoring of any type of structures with minimal human involvement. Current SHM systems can perform the functions required but are heavy, bulky and difficult to integrate with the structure to provide on-board real-time structural integrity assessment. Embedding of currently available sensors and electronics used by these systems into composite structures can be a challenge. Flexible hybrid devices based on ASICs can conformably distribute sensors, actuators, and electronics over very large components, enable availability of instantaneous information on the structural integrity of the vehicle, and measure environmental conditions for optimum performance while adding minimal weight. Acellent and Stanford University propose to develop a SHM system using a flexible stretchable sensor network along with embedded integrated circuits that will serve as a platform to all types of sensors including strain gages, piezoelectric sensors etc. Phase I focused on performing proof-of-concept analysis and experiments that demonstrate the feasibility of a highly expandable, lightweight and flexible sensor network and its embeddable ASIC. In Phase II, the goal is to design, fabricate and test a prototype flexible sensor network and its embeddable interface electronics as well as their accompanying software.

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