A Noninvasive Sensor/Control Suite for Health Monitoring and Extended Life of Aircraft Generation Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0281
Agency Tracking Number: N064-007-0525
Amount: $99,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: N06-T007
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3016 Covington Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
Duns: 161183322
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Walters
 Vice President
 (765) 464-8997
Business Contact
 Paul Krause
Title: President
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Email: krause@pcka.com
Research Institution
 Thomas B Wright
 302 Wood Street Young Hall
West Lafayette, IN, 47907
 (765) 494-1047
 Nonprofit college or university
Catastrophic failures in aircraft electrical power systems can compromise the readiness, safety, and capabilities of the war-fighter. In this effort, a suite of tools will be developed to provide a comprehensive prognostics and health management system (PHM) for aircraft generators and associated electrical systems. The PHM will be based upon a set of recently developed tools that include a novel sensor to measure torque-ripple-induced vibration created by electric machinery, a thermal condition monitor that can predict the temperatures within an electric machine under healthy and damaged operation, and numerical simulation tools that enable rapid development and solution of component and system-level models of electric machinery and power electronic systems operated in fault conditions. Validation of the PHM concepts and the computer simulations used will be performed with hardware using an F-18 generator as the test platform.BENEFITS: Development and implementation of a comprehensive prognostics and health management (PHM) system for aircraft generators and associated electrical systems for the F-18. To include prediction of pending failures. Provide feedback-based control strategies to mitigate component degradation or failures. This could result in reduced maintenance cost and mean time between failures. PHM system can be extended fleet-wide and to automotive electrical systems, commercial aircraft, ships, and submarines.

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