In-line Hydraulic Fluid Contamination Multi-Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$746,626.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
F33615-02-C-5052
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2002
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
O2-0093
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Metss Corp.
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
877299446
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Grunden
 Principal Research Engine
 (614) 797-2200
 bgrunden@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Currently, the U.S. Air Force is evaluating a number of sensor-based techniques that can monitor the `health' of hydraulic fluids on-line and in real time. Implementation of such technology will drastically reduce the risk of premature hydraulic systemfailures by providing immediate feedback with respect to the condition of the hydraulic fluid. In addition, DoD agencies have embarked on the development of a new generation of ground support equipment, which will possess an on-board hydraulic fluidpurification unit to ensure clean, contamination free hydraulic fluid is used to service military aircraft. Under the Phase I program, METSS investigated the technical feasibility of combining a particle-counting device, a non-dispersive IR-based watersensor and a fluorescence-based chlorinated hydrocarbon sensor as components of an affordable, multi-sensor configuration to meet the objectives of this DoD initiative. Under the proposed Phase II program, METSS will optimize the performance of each ofthe sensor technologies for the intended application and develop and integrate methodologies to support field integration. Emphasis will be placed on designing and building an integrated sensor system that not only meets the stated performancerequirements, but is also reliable and easy to use and maintain in the field. A computer interface will be integrated into the design to support programmability (e.g., changing the detector limits to su

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