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Structural Health Monitoring based Ground Support Equipment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0009
Agency Tracking Number: FX192-SO1-0276
Amount: $49,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF193-CSO1
Solicitation Number: DoD SBIR X19.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-12
Small Business Information
835 Stewart Drive -
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
United States
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Amrita Kumar
 Executive Vice President
 (408) 307-4189
 akumar@acellent.com
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Phone: (408) 307-4189
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

When it comes to aviation maintenance and ground support for flight-critical applications as commissioned by the United States Air Force, as well as various commercial aircraft, turn times are key. Ground support equipment (GSE) is needed to improve parts reliability, reduce maintenance cycle time and costs, and improve mission readiness while meeting demanding production schedules. Sensor network based Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems have the potential to provide real-time and historical sensor based data on the integrity of any structural platform requiring inspection and maintenance. SHM systems when used as ground support equipment (GSE) can reliably detect, localize and quantify damage in components. These GSE system are especially beneficial in structures and areas that are hard to access and require disassembly. Using current SHM systems as a basis, Acellent proposes a program for qualification and transition of SHM based Ground Support Equipment for the in-situ ground inspection/monitoring of metal or composite structures on USAF aircraft, spacecraft and unmanned platforms. Phase I will focus on identification of USAF platforms and customers who can utilize the SHM GSE tool to avail of the inspection cost benefits in collaboration with the Boeing Company.

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