Advanced Detector Prognostics/Health Monitoring (DPHM) System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85178
Agency Tracking Number: 85402
Amount: $99,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 34 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
6595 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ, 85704
DUNS: 157955597
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Justin Judkins
 Dr.
 (520) 742-3300
 justin@ridgetop-group.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Goodman
Title: Mr.
Phone: (520) 742-3300
Email: doug@ridgetop-group.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Nuclear Physics (NP) experiments require the installation and maintenance of a large number of very sensitive detectors that are arranged along the beam line. Thousands of these detectors must function well in order to capture low-level signals and assure the success of the experiments. The detector electronics are subject to the performance-damaging effects of aging, heat, and radiation. In order to accurately assess the state-of-health of the detectors¿ electronics and their ability to handle the experiments, this project will develop a software-based tool to extract critical diagnostic and prognostic information from deployed detector assemblies. The information will provide a real-time view of each detector module, which then can be processed to provide accurate assessments of the state-of-health and remaining useful life. System operators can use these assessments to help guide maintenance strategies for the beam detector electronics. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A software-based and extensible centralized tool that can acquire and process state information on very large numbers of deployed electronic sensors would be useful not only for NP experiments but also for remote sensing applications for military and homeland security needs.

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