Effective Diagnostics for Dynamic Operating Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0077
Agency Tracking Number: N052-104-0082
Amount: $79,910.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-104
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
850 Energy Drive, Idaho Falls, ID, 83401
DUNS: 089822014
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sean Marble
 (208) 522-8560
Business Contact
 Sean Marble
Title: President
Phone: (208) 522-8560
Email: smarble@sentientscience.com
Research Institution
Fault detection and isolation algorithms are often developed with data from steady-state tests, and many algorithms perform well under these controlled conditions. However, when diagnostics are used in highly dynamic environments, sensitivities to changing loads or speeds become apparent. Vibration metrics tend to be particularly susceptible to operating condition variations. This sensitivity interferes with effective diagnosis and requires fault thresholds to be increased significantly to avoid false alarms, making the system less sensitive to real problems. Sentient Corporation, in cooperation with Pratt & Whitney, will develop new vibration diagnostics for dynamic environments that leverage existing physics-based models for fault induced vibration. These new algorithms will greatly enhance diagnostic performance in dynamic operating environments and will also improve fault severity indication for steady state applications. These new techniques will be developed for and demonstrated on a highly dynamic F-135 subsystem such as the lift fan drive. During Phase I, a functional proof-of-concept system will be implemented and tested using bearing seeded fault data collected under dynamic conditions.

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