Point of Use Oil Quality Analysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,865.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-05-C-0642
Award Id:
68359
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-3250
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder St., Chico, CA, 95973
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
933302655
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward
Senior Engineer
(216) 587-4750
bward@makelengineering.com
Business Contact:
Darby Makel
President
(530) 895-2771
dmakel@makelengineering.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of Makel Engineering's proposal is to develop a multi-tasked microsensor based system capable of monitoring hydraulic fluid performance along with data acquisition systems and communication protocol for preventative maintenance and diagnostics. Along with Phase II partners Rockwell Automation, Lubrizol, Ford Motor Company, and Case Western Reserve University, Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) will deliver a fully functional prototype system that combines the most effective suite of sensing capabilities from the range of conductivity, total acid number (TAN), viscosity, wear metals, and contaminant measurements. The data provided by this portable diagnostic system will be applicable to relational databases such as those developed by the Army Oil Analysis Program. The system will tie fluid measurements to each vehicle and use this information in oil life prognostics for improved operational availability, and the automated process will reduce bookkeeping burden and potential operator error.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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