Wireless Strain Gage

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0133
Agency Tracking Number: F054-004-0024
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9160 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD, 21045
DUNS: 113489319
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Montgomery
 (410) 884-0500
Business Contact
 Edward O'Malley
Title: VP, Finance & Administration
Phone: (410) 884-0500
Email: Ed.OMalley@SyntonicsCorp.com
Research Institution
 Eric K Walton
 1320 Kinnear Road
Columbus, MD, 43212
 (614) 292-5051
 Nonprofit college or university
The Air Force wants to develop strain sensors that can be installed inside rotating machinery to wirelessly transmit high speed, high resolution strain data to a stationary receiving system. The goal is 100 sensors transmitting 45 kHz strain data with 1 Hz resolution from within the first three stages of a jet turbine engine's compressor. Our Team believes that a combination of microwave techniques, innovative power/instrumentation/antenna designs, and existing thin-film technologies can achieve these goals. Using an existing turbine engine test bed, our Phase I work will demonstrate the feasibilty of communicating one channel of high speed data from a rotating third-stage compressor blade. In Phase II, we will extend the demonstration to multiple strain sensors that are wirelessly delivering high speed, high resolution data from an operating jet engine.

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