Lubricant Condition and Wear Metal Analysis Sensor System (LUCAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-09-C-0049
Agency Tracking Number: A082-025-0633
Amount: $729,136.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-025
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
200 Canal View Blvd, Rochester, NY, 14623
DUNS: 073955507
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carl S Byington
 Director, Systems Enginee
 (585) 424-1990
Business Contact
 Mark Redding
Title: President
Phone: (585) 424-1990
Research Institution
Impact Technologies, in close collaboration with GasTOPS, Inc. and with the support of Boeing Rotorcraft Division and Sikorsky, proposes to develop a miniaturized, integrated, on-line sensing solution for detection of lubricant quality, metal wear debris and analysis of debris elemental composition for Army rotorcraft. The airworthy multi-sensor device created in this program will serve as a direct replacement for legacy chip detectors currently employed to detect metal particles in aircraft lubrication systems. The developed integrated LUCAS sensing technology will utilize mature technologies to: (1) detect and identify the source of wear debris, and (2) detect and classify numerous lubrication quality factors such as incorrect oil, water content, oil degradation, and fuel dilution that are life-limiting to oil-wetted components. The Phase II development will include merging and miniaturization of Impact’s electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technology with GasTOPS’ proven metal debris sensing and analysis technologies that includes “at-line” energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) elemental analysis system. By the end of Phase II, the integrated, low-weight system will be evaluated and demonstrated in a realistic aircraft-style gearbox test rig.

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