Dynamics-based Nondestructive Structural Health Monitoring Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0045
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-016-0219
Amount: $99,885.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T016
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
11750 Beltsville Drive, 3rd Floor, Beltsville, MD, 20705
DUNS: 061997029
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ashish Purekar
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 790-0582
Business Contact
 Amy Hizoune
Title: V.P. Finance
Phone: (240) 790-0600
Email: aph@technosci.com
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Norman Wereley
 3181 Glenn L. Martin Hall Bldg
College Park, MD, 20742
 (301) 405-1927
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Damage detection and health monitoring is a of rising interest for Air Force systems. Health monitoring systems can be implemented as retrofits to existing platforms as included in the design phase of next generation vehicles. Techno-Sciences, Inc. (TSI) and the University of Maryland (UMD) propose to develop a novel damage detection concept to be designed and tested during the STTR effort. The damage detection system uses wave propagation techniques for active interrogation of aircraft structures and sensing systems based on phased array filters. The sensing system will extend existing technology and provide functionality not a vailable in current implementations. The sensor concept will utilize emerging materials systems for transduction. A prototype data acquisition system will be demonstrated in conjunction with the sensor system. Novel signal processing algorithms will be utilized to analyse sensor data for damage detection to be demonstrated in the laboratory. BENEFIT: The proposed health monitoring technology will be applicable to a wide range of end-users in the defense, commercial, and industry sectors. Key benefits and payoffs of the proposed technology are: 1. In-situ and low-profile transducer technology 2. Extensible sensor array design analysis 3. Damage detection algorithms based on innovative signal analysis tools 4. Small form factor data acquisition units designed for damage detection

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