Ultra-Compact Power Harvesting for Self-Powered Aircraft Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,742.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0242
Award Id:
82692
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-076-1340
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
112 W. Foster Ave, Suite 1, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005051219
Principal Investigator:
Jacob Loverich
Director of Research
(814) 867-4097
loverich@kcftech.com
Business Contact:
Jeremy Frank
President
(814) 867-4097
jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
KCF Technologies will combine our experience in single-crystal piezoelectric devices and vibration power harvesting to develop ultra-compact vibration power harvesting devices to enable self-powered sensors on aircraft systems. Single-crystal piezoelectric materials enable this technology to meet the challenging weight requirement and power output needs of aircraft applications. Specifically, the high piezoelectric coupling coefficient and elastic compliance enable order-of-magnitude improvements in device power density. This proposed technology builds upon KCF's leadership in vibration power harvesting for industrial and shipboard wireless sensors. The compactness and high power output, directly enabled by single-crystal ferroelectrics, are demanded for aircraft components where weight reductions are critical and high-vibration components are readily available. This device will enable three stages of new and advanced sensors on aircraft; the first stage is self-powered retrofit sensors for condition monitoring. In Phase I, KCF will design and fabricate an ultra-compact vibration power harvester using single-crystal piezoelectric material and demonstrate it powering a miniature autonomous sensor in a simulated aircraft vibration environment. In Phase II, KCF will join with our partners Eaton Aerospace and RLW, Inc. for a system demonstration of self-powered aircraft sensors.

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