DEMONSTRATION OF NEURAL NETWORK PERFORMANCE FOR ON-LINE HEALTH MONITORING AND INSPECTION OF AIRCRAFT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 13337
Amount: $499,966.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
244 Langmuir Lab/cornell Rsch, Ithace, NY, 14850
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gail A Hickman
 (607) 257-0534
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Research Institution
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Abstract
INNOVATIVE DYNAMICS IS PROPOSING TO IMPLEMENT NEURAL NETWORK SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE WITH OUR AIRCRAFT HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM (HMS) TESTBED. HMS IS A UNIQUE DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM BASED ON "SMART STRUCTURES" TECHNOLOGY. IT HAS RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A FLIGHT TEST PROGRAM AT NASA LEWIS THAT DEMONSTRATED THE FEASIBILITY TO DETECT RIVET LINE CORROSION AND LEADING EDGE ICE ACCRETION. BY MONITORING THE RESULTANT STRUCTURAL VIBRATION SIGNATURE, HMS DETERMINES STRUCTURAL ABNORMALITIES USING A NETWORK OF ATTACHED SENSOR ARRAYS, DISTRIBUTED PROCESSORS, AND INDEPENDENT SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE MODULES. USING CONVENTIONAL MINIMUM DISTANCE CLASSIFICATION ALGORITHMS, A HIGH CLASSIFICATION ACCURACY HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS TO EXTEND THIS RESEARCH BY IMPLEMENTING NEURAL NETWORK SOFTWARE FOR PERFORMANCE COMPARISON WITH OUR PATTERN RECOGNITION BASED ON-LINE MONITORING/ INSPECTION SYSTEM. THIS SOFTWARE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON EXISTING FLIGHT QUALIFIED HARDWARE AND DEMONSTRATED DURING A PHASE I GROUND TEST PROGRAM. UPON SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF PHASE I, A TEST PLAN WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE NAVY FOR A PHASE II DEMONSTRATION ON A SPECIFIC AIRFRAME USING A VARIETY OF NONDESTRUCTIVE MATERIALS MEASUREMENTS. A NEURAL NETWORK BASED SYSTEM HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR LIFETIME MONITORING OF STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES AS WELL AS PROVIDING A REAL-TIME DAMAGE DETECTION CAPABILITY CRITICAL TO NAVAL FIGHTER/ATTACK AIRCRAFT.

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