Intelligent Multi-Sensing Structural Health Monitoring Infrastructure

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-05-C-0024
Award Id:
62681
Agency Tracking Number:
F033-0227
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
222 Third Street, Suite 3121, Cambridge, MA, 02142
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
111487588
Principal Investigator:
SethKessler
President
(617) 661-5616
skessler@metisdesign.com
Business Contact:
SethKessler
President
(617) 661-5616
skessler@metisdesign.com
Research Institute:
MIT
Brian Wardle
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg 33-314
Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 252-1539
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Structural health monitoring (SHM) is an emerging technology leading to the development of systems capable of continuously monitoring structures for damage, with minimal human intervention. There are several components required to design a successful SHM system, including sensors, communication and power systems. Current SHM efforts have focused mainly on sensing methods for damage detection, however the infrastructure needed to employ these methods has not been sufficiently addressed. In response to this STIR solicitation for wireless SHM sensor technology, Metis Design, with the help of MicroStrain and MIT plan to develop each appropriate component to meet SHM system requirements, and integrate them into an operational prototype. During previous Phase I research, piezoelectric-based methods were successfully demonstrated, and a wireless method for recharging a thin-film polymer battery was developed. The work plan for this Phase II work leverages these results to define the system architecture, develop a wireless transceiver and integrate each of these components together with the existing sensor and microprocessor components and battery. This sensor infrastructure will then be tested in a variety of environments in order to characterize its operational envelop. At the conclusion of this research, this device will be a product for several military and commercial applications.

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