Leak Identification Quantification and Detection System (LIQDS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,980.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-03-C-0033
Award Id:
59793
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-1072
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
555403328
Principal Investigator:
Paul Mario Koola
Researcher
(979) 260-5274
pkoola@kbsi.com
Business Contact:
Perakath Benjamin
VP R&D
(979) 260-5274
pbenjamin@kbsi.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
"We propose to develop a sensor system "Leak Inspection, Quantification and Detection System - LIQDS" that will detect fluid leaks, pinpoint the leak location coordinates, identify the type of fluid and quantify the leakage rate and achieve this remotelywithout inserting a sensor at the location of leak. Such a system will be extremely useful for the new generation aircraft being developed including the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter.The effectiveness of a system is only as good as its weakest link and hence it is critical to improve subcomponent reliability. Current on board health monitoring systems do not have the sensitivity to detect slow fluid leaks. This reduces confidence inthe health status mandating scheduled manual inspections. This technology would allow early detection of fluid leaks thereby avoiding serious damage to subsystem components and improving health of the system. Remote leak detection is critical for applications in modern aircraft industry and also in process plants and other fluid transportation industry. In-situ sensors and wiring could reduce overall system reliability and hence a remote monitoring system hasgood potential in future health monitoring and condition based maintenance systems. We intend to integrate this LIQDS system eventually into existing health monitoring systems."

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