Blade Vibration Measurement System for Characterization of Closely Spaced Modes and Mistuning

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC54P
Agency Tracking Number: 075605
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive, Whippany, NJ, 07981-1423
DUNS: 015334899
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Platt
 Principal Investigator
 (973) 326-9920
Business Contact
 Eric Olson
Title: Business Official
Phone: (973) 326-9920
Research Institution
There are several ongoing challenges in non-contacting blade vibration and stress measurement systems that can address closely spaced modes and blade-to-blade variations (mistuning). Traditional NSMS systems are applicable but have limitations due to the undersampling that is inherent in time-of-arrival data processing and the uncertainty that is introduced by inferring, as opposed to calculating, the mode of vibration. Based on Navy SBIR research, MSI is developing a radar-based blade vibration measurement system with the following capabilities: •Provides a continuous time series of blade displacement data over a portion of a revolution (solving the undersampling problem). •Includes data reduction algorithms to directly calculate the blade vibration frequency, modal displacement, and vibratory stress (solving the mode inference problem). •Uses a single sensor per stage to monitor all of the blades on the stage. The goals for the proposed project are to design and construct an innovative blade vibration measurement system with resolution capable of characterizing mistuning parameters and closely spaced modes of vibration. Development and demonstration of such a system will provide substantially superior capabilities to current blade vibration technology. Phase I demonstration testing will be conducted in MSI's laboratory with an existing instrumented compressor rig.

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