Filter with integrated condition monitoring sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-05-C-0633
Agency Tracking Number: A043-242-1336
Amount: $729,828.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-242
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
655 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 103627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Philippe Bado
 President & CTO
 (734) 528-6330
 philippebado@translume.com
Business Contact
 Eric Jacobson
Title: VP, Finance & Administrat
Phone: (734) 528-6371
Email: ericjacobson@translume.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of our program is to develop an extended lifetime oil filter for trucks and heavy-equipment. The fluid filter system will be equipped with an array of fluid condition monitoring sensors. The addition of sensors to the vehicle filtration system will give it some “brain”. This smart filtration system will provide longer life over presently used filters. Average lifetime will be extended by at least a two-fold factor and maybe as much as eight-fold factor depending on the usage. The array of optical sensors will provide information regarding the remaining service life and approaching failure and warn the operator when the filtration system is inoperative. This system is based around a Vortex filter, and the corresponding Vortex filter housing; and the array sensor is based on Translume robust optical micro-sensors. Other type of commercial sensors may complement Translume’s optical sensors. The sensors will be located in or near the filter housing.

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