The Development of a Human Fatigue Meter Using Finite Element Multidisciplinary Simulation

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND04AB82C
Agency Tracking Number: 020037
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4030 lake Washington Blvd NE Suite 205, Kirkland, WA, 98033
DUNS: 883221723
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pio Fitzgerald
 Principal Investigator
 (425) 827-7476
 pfitzgerald@stirling-dynamics.com
Business Contact
 Pio Fitzgerald
Title: Business Official
Phone: (206) 284-6605
Email: pfitzgerald@stirling-dynamics.com
Research Institution
 University of California Santa Barbara
 Nancy Lewis
 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
 (805) 893-4034
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Pilot fatigue in atmospheric flight operation is a major contribution to human error and is a serious concern. The product under development is a small pilot-mounted device which monitors physiological reactions, such as blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and brain activity as well as the vibration environment in which the pilot is operating. Using these inputs as well as knowledge of the pilot?s state before coming on duty, the device will monitor the human fatigue state of the pilot. Before a pilot?s fatigue state reaches a pre-determined threshold the pilot and/or mission planner is alerted. Such a device allows monitoring of the fatigue state of any decision maker who is subject to stress and provides a means of alleviating fatigue-induced human error. Development of the fatigue meter is highly dependent on simulation of the device in the flexible aircraft, such as in the STARS software package. With a view to reducing the development time, advanced computational efficiency methods shall be investigated by the RI and implemented in the design cycle by the SBC. The RI shall investigate structural analysis and control using piezoelectric and piezoceramic sensors and actuators relevant to the pilot?s environmental input to the fatigue meter.

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