Integrated Rocket Motor Life Prediction System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R086
Agency Tracking Number: A043-165-1028
Amount: $119,571.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-165
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
200 Canal View Blvd, 3rd Floor, Rochester, NY, 14623
DUNS: 073955507
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carl Byington
 Director, Research and Development
 (814) 861-6273
Business Contact
 Mark Redding
Title: President
Phone: (585) 424-1990
Research Institution
Impact Technologies, LLC, proposes to develop an Integrated Rocket Motor Life Prediction Software System. Shelf life of missiles is limited due to aging and damage to the solid propellants. This, in turn, is due to daily and annual variation in storage conditions, shocks, stresses and transportation induced vibrations. The Army and missile manufacturers have a wide range of models and algorithms that give damage, reliability and age estimates for the missile, based on motor life. During Phase I, Impact will integrate these diverse models into a GUI driven software system that uses information fusion and probability based algorithms to combine the results of different models to provide an estimate of remaining life of the rocket motor. The software system will have a flexible architecture that will link rocket motor sensor data, storage area environmental data, statistical and manufactures data to the algorithms to provide a comprehensive missile reliability picture. Impact will tune and validate the system using rocket motor lifing data provided by the army. During Phase II, Impact will develop new algorithm and models that will use concepts from finite element analysis, viscoelasticity, nonlinear damage accumulation and probability theory to enhance and improve the fidelity of the life prediction system. In addition, Impact will continue to develop the GUI and improve the system architecture.

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