Wireless Brake Shoe Force Measurement System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRS5705C10029
Agency Tracking Number: SBArenumbered4091
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corp.
200 Boston Ave., Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marthinus VanSchoor
 Principal Engineer
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Botha Petra
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Email: www.mide.com
Research Institution
In line with the DOT's desire to encourage the development of a wireless brake shoe force measurement system, Mide will use its extensive experience on loadcell design, energy power-harvesting and wireless data transmission to develop an accurate system for the self-powered, wireless measurement of brake shoe forces on Railroad freight cars. Piezo or coil/magnet proof mass devices will harvest vibrational energy to power the measurement system and RF or Infrared modems will be used to transmit the measured brake shoe forces to a monitoring system developed by Mide for the U.S. Navy. In Phase I Mide will develop a detailed set of system requirements and these requirements to design and assemble a fully functional system that will be tested on TTCI's brake shoe test setup. Phase II will focus on refining the Phase I design and in specific to reduce cost and mature the system for pre-production models to be shipped to railroad operators for in-fleet testing in Phase II.

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