Wireless Strain Gage

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0157
Agency Tracking Number: F054-004-0024
Amount: $749,538.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
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 P.E.
 President
 (410) 884-0500
 Bruce.Montgomery@SyntonicsCorp.com
Business Contact
 Bruce Montgomery
Title: President
Phone: (410) 884-0500
Email: Bruce.Montgomery@SyntonicsCorp.com
Research Institution
 ELECTROSCIENCE LAB, OSUNIV.
 Eric K Walton
 1320 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH, 43212
 (614) 292-5051
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Our Phase I work has demonstrated the feasibility of wirelessly transmitting strain data from a rotating jet engine to an external data collection system. In Phase II, we will develop a prototype Wireless Strain Gage (WSG) system with these components: (1) Wireless Strain Gages (WSG). The objective WSG device is a conformal "postage stamp" transponder that can be bonded onto a curved surface, just like a conventional strain gage. (2) Two External Antennas. Both external antennas are mounted in front of the compressor or the fan. Many antenna types and antenna locations are possible. A power transmit antenna illuminates the insides of the engine (i.e., the fan and compressor regions) with 1-10W of microwave energy in the 10-15 GHz range. A data receive antenna operating at twice the frequency of the transmit antenna receives the data signals from all the strain gages. (3) Outboard Power Transmitter, Data Receiver, Signal Processing, and Data Processing Equipment.

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