Wireless Brake Shoe Force Measurement System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DTRS5705C10029
Agency Tracking Number:
SBArenumbered4091
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786127522
Principal Investigator:
Marthinus VanSchoor
Principal Engineer
(781) 306-0609
Business Contact:
Botha Petra
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 306-0609
www.mide.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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