Damage Tracking for Helicopters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0217
Agency Tracking Number: N051-011-0599
Amount: $148,278.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-011
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
310 Hurricane Lane, Suite 4, Williston, VT, 05495
DUNS: 161852074
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Arms
 President
 (802) 862-6629
 swarms@microstrain.com
Business Contact
 Steven Arms
Title: President
Phone: (802) 862-6629
Email: swarms@microstrain.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The goal of this Phase I SBIR proposal is to design and build energy harvesting wireless sensing systems suitable for use aboard Navy Helicopters. The program will begin with a survey of typical vibration data obtained during flight testing; these data will then be used to optimize our existing vibration energy harvesting wireless sensors (VEWS) for use on Navy helicopters. These software programmable systems will be designed to serve a range of vehicle health management functions, such as: embedded test & evaluation (ET&E), health usage monitoring (HUMS), and structural health monitoring (SHM). During Phase I, our wireless data logging transceiver nodes will be upgraded with improved software programmable sampling modes, including high sample rate "burst" modes and lower sample rate "periodic" modes. Improved, micro-power timing capabilities shall be developed to facilitate scheduled operations under conditions of very low vibration or rest. Prototype quantities of the enhanced Phase I nodes will be produced and tested under vibration and thermal conditions which mimic the helicopter environment. In Phase I Option period, we will enable advanced digital encryption. We will also collaborate with Goodrich to develop a VEWS specification for wireless interface to existing vehicle health management systems, and identify key transition opportunities.

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