High Performance Cage Sensors for Rolling Element Bearing Health Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,546.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-5032
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-094-1832
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-094
Small Business Information
SENTIENT CORPORATION
850 Energy Drive, Idaho Falls, ID, 83401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
089822014
Principal Investigator
 Sean Marble
 President
 (208) 522-8560
 smarble@sentientscience.com
Business Contact
 Sean Marble
Title: President
Phone: (208) 522-8560
Email: smarble@sentientscience.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Obtaining reliable diagnostic information on turbine engine main shaft bearings is difficult due to space constraints, operating environment, and poor transmissibility of vibration from the bearing to a case-mounted accelerometer. Prior work has shown that bearing cage parameters provide valuable information on bearing health, and might be used to detect incipient spalls in a turbine engine bearing. A passive miniature wireless sensor used to collect this cage data has already been demonstrated on a number of different bearings during rig testing. For this project, Sentient Corporation will enhance this wireless sensor to address the needs of the turbine engine main bearing application. During Phase I, a working prototype of one or more new designs will be tested on a subscale bearing at moderate temperatures, and in a thermal chamber to show 300 deg C capability. Sentient will also work with a major turbine engine manufacturer to determine design constraints and options, and explore opportunities to test a prototype device on a full-scale, full speed rig test of an actual turbine engine bearing as part of the DARPA Prognosis Program.

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