System-Level Development of Fault-Tolerant Distributed Aero-Engine Control Architecture

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CC84P
Agency Tracking Number: 084454
Amount: $99,877.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd., Rochester, NY, 14623-2893
DUNS: 073955507
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carl Byington
 Principal Investigator
 (585) 424-1990
 carl.byington@impact-tek.com
Business Contact
 Carol Marquardt
Title: Business Official
Phone: (585) 627-1923
Email: carol.marquardt@impact-tek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NASA's vision for an "intelligent engine" will be realized with the development of a truly distributed control system and reliable smart transducer node components; however a significant hurdle in its realization is the reliability of these components when subjected to the harsh operating environment throughout the engine. In this Phase I award, Impact Technologies, in collaboration with GE Aviation, will develop a fault-tolerant smart transducer node through a Distributed Engine Control Simulator (DECSim) design tool that will utilize a commercial of-the-shelf (COTS) open-system communications standard and will interface with the C-MAPSS engine model. In Phase I, Impact will successfully develop: i) the DECSim utility, ii) the smart node self-validation and cross-validation capabilities, iii) the overall distributed control architecture, and iv) the firmware code that will reside on hardware. At the end of the Phase I program, Impact will demonstrate the functionality of a candidate DEC smart node in hardware within the DECSim framework. The final smart node technology will alleviate the severe system-level limitations of current centralized architectures that include a large weight imposition, limited design flexibility, and life cycle cost burdens associated with certification and obsolescence management.

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