Diligent data-power harness for high temperature wiring in engine bays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2566
Agency Tracking Number: F051-190-3090
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-190
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric van Doorn
 Director of Sensor Technology
 (301) 294-5229
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Contracts and Proposals Manager
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
In this proposal, Intelligent Automation Inc., (IAI) outlines a novel ingenuous method for wiring engine bays. The proposed wiring will function in engine bays with the following advantages:  Withstands temperatures greater than 1500 ºF  Flexible harness capable of delivering both power, and data.  Non-intrusive auto switching of data and power for integrity of the wiring system  Withstands engines vibrations, heat and gas abrasiveness for a long life We propose an innovative scheme involving layering of ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, metal matrix composites and fiber optics assembly with innovative ceramic fiber sheaths, based on four key innovations: 1) Selection of ceramic fabrics sheath material for insulation of adjacent wires by means of high temperature ceramic insulators. 2) A novel harness design to assemble the packaging of the data and power wires in a harness 3) Integrated Diagnostics and Prognostics by means of an aircraft wire fault detection system with demonstrated sensitivity to aging insulation. 4. Robust harness architecture: when one of the wires fails the fault detection system senses the integrity of the system and switches to a redundant wire in the harness.

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