Methodologies for Integration of Prognostic Health Management Systems with Maintenance Data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5228
Agency Tracking Number: F061-099-3351
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-099
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
QUALTECH SYSTEMS, INC.
100 Great Meadow Rd., Suite 603, Wethersfield, CT, 06109
DUNS: 808837496
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sudipto Ghoshal
 Manger, Professional Services
 (860) 257-8014
 sudipto@teamqsi.com
Business Contact
 Chakrapani Vallurupalli
Title: Executive VP & Chief Operating Offi
Phone: (860) 257-8014
Email: chuckv@teamqsi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Prognostic techniques are intricately tied to the physics of incipient-fault-to-failure progression, and hence most prognostics research has focused on developing techniques for a range of components such as rotating machinery parts. The research and development of such techniques has relied on the theories of material science, structural mechanics, domain expertise, as well as empirical studies such as accelerated run-to-failure testing. Even after prognostic models have been developed and operationally validated for various components of a system, the challenge remains how prognostic assessments from individual components of a system (such as the aircraft engine) should be used to make maintenance and logistics decisions. QSI proposes to perform the research and development needed to bridge the gap between the individual component prognostics and the system-level reasoning required to support maintenance and logistics decisions. To strengthen this effort, QSI is teaming with SMI for their expertise in prognostics and logistics decision support and Vanderbilt for expertise in material failure progression modeling and diagnostics. The team is further strengthened by two OEMs: Pratt and Whitney as the engine prime and Boeing as an airframe prime to ensure that the effort retains relevance and applicability to the acquisition program sponsoring this SBIR.

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