Health Management Tools for Rocket Engine Turbomachinery

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,982.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9300-08-M-3013
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-064-0635
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF081-064
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
FRONTIER TECHNOLOGY, INC.
75 Aero Camino, Suite A, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
153927827
Principal Investigator:
Gary Key
Principal Investigator
(321) 277-8396
garykey@aol.com
Business Contact:
Rhonda Adawi
Contracts Manager
(805) 685-6672
radawi@fti-net.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Frontier Technology, Inc. (FTI) will develop innovative modeling tools, sensors, and signal processing for the prediction of the health of rocket engine turbomachinery. The ultimate goal is real-time health management technology capable of monitoring turbomachinery performance. The benefit is reduced turnaround time and increased safety and availability for reusable rocket engines. Health management technology can quickly identify faults or abnormal conditions in an engine following use and can ensure that it has been restored to a normal health state prior to return to service. The same technology technology improves safety through its ability to detect anomalies in flight and to initiate appropriate corrective action, minimizing mission impact and reducing catastrophic failures. The research provides the ability to: --Identify and assess feasibility of tools that allow health monitoring of a rocket engine turbopump. --Develop innovative system architecture integrating modeling, novel sensors, and signal processing to predict rocket engine health. --Identify data sets that can validate the tool. FTI’s approach combines expertise in the development and application of data-derived prognostic health management technology with in-depth knowledge of rocket engine turbomachinery to provide a single rocket engine health management capability for use either in flight or on the ground.

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