Rotary Wing Dynamic Component Structural Life Tracking with Self-Powered Wireless Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0168
Agency Tracking Number: N081-006-0524
Amount: $149,875.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-006
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
KCF TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
112 W. Foster Ave, Suite 1, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 005051219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jacob Loverich
 Director of Research
 (814) 867-4097
 loverich@kcftech.com
Business Contact
 Jeremy Frank
Title: President
Phone: (814) 867-4097
Email: jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
KCF Technologies is proposing to develop a novel tool for tracking the fatigue life of rotorcraft components. The tool will consist of a suite of wireless data acquisition sensors, diagnostic and prognostic fatigue life algorithms, and a data management system for storing and accessing component status and projected life. Environmental and usability factors for the sensor system necessitate wireless communication to the nodes. An essential part of enabling such a system is piezoelectric power harvesting. In Phase I, KCF will carry out preliminary hardware demonstrations showing the feasibility of implementing an autonomous sensor system for storing component fatigue life data, evaluate and propose updates to current HUMS diagnostic and prognostic algorithms, and assess the feasibly of implementing a global data management system.

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