Active Vibration and Physics-Based Health Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-09-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: F073-135-1655
Amount: $748,137.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-135
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
11 Apollo Drive, Whippany, NJ, 07981
DUNS: 015334899
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Kelly
 Principal Engineer
 (973) 326-9920
Business Contact
 William Marscher
Title: President
Phone: (973) 326-9920
Research Institution
Mechanical Solutions, Incorporated’s (MSI’s) Phase II effort will develop a health monitoring system for compressor trains and other plant equipment. This system will be primarily based on vibrations as gathered from accelerometers and eddy current sensor probes, but may also monitor other types of data such as temperatures, pressures, and acoustic signatures. In addition, MSI will evaluate the feasibility of determining shaft rotational natural frequencies from electrical excitation produced naturally in systems which include a wound rotor motor and include such a capability with the monitoring system, if feasible. This system will provide Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) personnel with tools to compliment their core vibration-based machinery diagnostics in determining the health of plant machinery. This in turn will assist analysts in locating and characterizing faults, prioritizing maintenance, and predicting useful life of plant components. BENEFIT: Successful development of the proposed predictive maintenance system would allow MSI to market such technology in many industries. The algorithms will be applicable to pumps, compressors, turbines, fans, etc., for use in energy producing, environmental control, general manufacturing, and transportation industries.

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