Smart Autonomous Miniaturized Contamination Condition Sensor with Embedded Prognostics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,826.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911W6-08-C-0056
Award Id:
81354
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-008-1436
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1132 107th Street, Arlington, TX, 76011
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787380794
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Le
Research Scientist
(817) 633-1080
kevin.le@luraco.com
Business Contact:
Khoa Nguyen
Vice President
(817) 633-1080
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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