Smart Autonomous Miniaturized Contamination Condition Sensor with Embedded Prognostics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-08-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: A072-008-1436
Amount: $1,125,070.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-008
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
LURACO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1132 107th Street, Arlington, TX, 76011
DUNS: 787380794
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Le
 Research Scientist
 (817) 633-1080
 kevin.le@luraco.com
Business Contact
 Khoa Nguyen
Title: Vice President
Phone: (817) 633-1080
Email: k.nguyen@luraco.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The current filter health indicator used in Army aircraft (in particular AH-64 and UH-60 helicopters) is based on a mechanical design concept that was developed over four decades ago. This device is purely mechanical without any smart electronic indicators, ability to provide information about the fluid condition and temperature, data storage capability, or intelligent prognostics. The current indicator is not reliable since it is sensitive to vibrations, which may cause it to issue premature or no alarm signals. In turn, these inaccurate alarms may result in either premature or overdue fluid replacement. The military wastes time and money by unnecessarily replacing fluids when an alarm sounds prematurely, or by replacing damaged critical components due to a high fluid contamination level when the alarm does not sound at all. MultiSENS provides the Army with an automated and smart solution to enable specific maintenance for each aircraft to be completed based on fluid and filter states. MultiSENS provides the user with LED indications of unsafe fluid contamination levels, temperature, and filter differential pressure. Sensor data is stored within the MultiSENS device, and is downloadable to an analysis tool so that the user can identify fluid and fluid filter deterioration trends.

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