Autonomous Nonbattery Wireless Strain Gage for Structural Health Testing and Monitoring in Extreme Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0139
Agency Tracking Number: F08B-T01-0026
Amount: $99,952.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF08-BT01
Solitcitation Number: 2008.B
Small Business Information
Syntonics LLC
9160 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD, 21045
Duns: 113489319
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Gemeny
 Principal Program Enginee
 (410) 884-0500
 Steve.Gemeny@SyntonicsCorp.com
Business Contact
 Edward O'Malley
Title: VP, Finance and Administr
Phone: (410) 884-0500
Email: Ed.OMalley@SyntonicsCorp.com
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Eric K Walton
 1320 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH, 43212
 (614) 292-5051
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In Phase I we will demonstrate the feasibility of a wireless communication system that can remotely interrogate numerous passive SAW-based sensors at 2.4GHz, simultaneously extracting high bandwidth data from all of them. Our work will also address the feasibility of enhancements to the WSG sensors that improve the overall systems performance and ease of use. Earlier work has already demonstrated that SAW-based wireless strain gages are feasible and have significant promise for extreme environments. BENEFIT: The first application for this technology will be wireless strain sensors for turbine engine testing. The ability to collect strain readings from inside an operating engine will make these sensors especially attractive for engine development testing. However, strain sensors are used in hundreds of other specialized industrial applications. Wherever a wireless sensor can compete favorably with a wired sensor, this technology has an opportunity in the marketplace.)

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