Advanced Ultra-High Frequency Vibration Monitoring for Improved Turbine Engine Diagnostics and Prognostics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-M-2288
Agency Tracking Number: 021PR-2531
Amount: $99,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Impact Technologies, Llc
125 Tech Park Drive, Rochester, NY, 14623
Duns: 073955507
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carl Byington
 Manager of R & D
 (814) 861-6273
Business Contact
 Mark Redding
Title: President
Phone: (585) 424-1990
Research Institution
"Impact Technologies, in cooperation with Epoch Engineering, Rolls Royce, and Honeywell propose to develop and demonstrate a unique vibration monitoring system that integrates high fidelity, acoustic emissions data from a laser interferometer withintelligent feature extraction and fault isolation algorithms to effectively manage fleet-wide turbine engine vibration. The system will be capable of reporting on the early detection and progression of faults by utilizing the laser-based, acousticfrequency measurements for improved, incipient anomaly detection and the traditional bearing frequencies and higher-order harmonics for tracking fault progression as it transitions from low to higher severity levels. The system will focus on utilizing andfusing data from test cells during engine pass-off, initial airframe installation and problem investigations from installed engines to compile a comprehensive database for robust fault identification that continually improves as engines in the fleet aretested. The utilization of wideband, spectral vibration information can provide improved up-to-date assessments of engine health and predictions of component damage for use in automated maintenance and logistics systems.The gas turbine engine vibration monitoring technologies proposed herein will address the existing O&M goals for current USAF engines, as well as those set forth by the USAF's VAATE Intelligent Engines initiative, specifically to re

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