Damage Tracking for Helicopters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,964.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-06-C-0218
Award Id:
75057
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-011-0599
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
310 Hurricane Lane, Suite 4, Williston, VT, 05495
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
161852074
Principal Investigator:
StevenArms
President
(802) 862-6629
swarms@microstrain.com
Business Contact:
StevenArms
President
(802) 862-6629
swarms@microstrain.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The goal of this Phase II SBIR proposal is to design, build, test, and demonstrate next generation energy harvesting wireless sensors for real time load measurement and structural damage tracking on helicopters. Energy harvesting allows the realization of wireless monitoring systems that do not require battery maintenance. During Phase I, our energy harvesting wireless sensors were optimized for helicopter pitch links. A working laboratory demonstration, replicating level helicopter flight, was provided to the Navy for pitch link strain and load monitoring applications. During Phase II, these systems will be miniaturized, shielded, environmentally hardened, environmentally tested, and flight tested on helicopters. The rugged, miniaturized sensing systems that will result from the Phase II effort will be well suited to perform in military vehicles. By combining energy harvesting & storage, micro-power sensing & data recording, wireless communications, and embedded load & damage tracking capabilities, this work will result in the realization of extremely powerful and versatile embedded sensing nodes. During the Phase II Option, the nodes shall be readied for transition by optimization, qualification, & production automation. These new systems will serve a wide range of applications, including: embedded test & evaluation (ET&E), health usage monitoring (HUMS), and structural health monitoring (SHM).

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