Synchronized Wireless Accelerometer Network (SWAN)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-2453
Agency Tracking Number: F041-192-2370
Amount: $99,911.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-192
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
19221 IH-45 South; Ste. 530, Conroe, TX, 77385
DUNS: 782566418
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Zymowski
 Program Director
 (281) 292-9903
Business Contact
 Mary Pate
Title: Vice President/General Counsel
Phone: (281) 292-9903
Research Institution
The need for miniature sensor devices that can acquire vibration data associated with military flight testing is promoting the use of emerging technologies in innovative wireless instrumentation systems. When combined with aircraft diagnostic and prognostic systems, aircraft safety can be enhanced, total cost of ownership can be reduced and asset availability can be increased. These sensor devices must be autonomous and non-intrusive. "Autonomy" is defined as a self-powered device with its own transducer that communicates its data without wires. "Non-intrusive" is defined as a bonded or magnetic attachment to a gearbox, shaft, or airframe, and the subsequent removal without shape or structural damage. The innovation proposed in this document is a robust network of synchronized wireless sensors that will acquire aircraft flight data. The system will provide the capability for monitoring of critical locations within the propulsion system or airframe and will expedite flight data acquisition by simplifying measurement system installations. The use of these devices will also reduce the cost of test equipment setup, which will result in lower cost aircraft testing. The modular nature provides a clear path toward the integration of numerous transducer families, and the open architecture will embrace emerging transducer technologies as they mature.

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