Real-Time Management of Turbine Engine Usage Data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2558
Agency Tracking Number: F051-188-1628
Amount: $99,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-188
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
750 Old Hickory Blvd, Building 2, Suite 270, Brentwood, TN, 37027
DUNS: 128193997
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Holmes
 Manager Technology
 (615) 372-0299
 rholmes@vextec.com
Business Contact
 Loren Nasser
Title: COO
Phone: (615) 372-0299
Email: Lnasser@vextec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR program will develop a novel software methodology for the management of gas turbine usage data in real time for accurate prediction of engine life. The approach will be flexible enough to allow for re-assessment of life consumption when subsequent knowledge provides a revised understanding of the way the damage is accrued. Phase I effort will investigate at least two potential data compression methods. The first approach, similar to many conventional computer compression routines, would be based on a pattern matching look-up table. The second approach will be based on the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). A key Phase I task will be to identify an approach for signal processing or data compression without any negative effects on life prediction. Although data compression experts can be found throughout industry, the VEXTEC Team are renowned turbine engine lifing and fatigue experts.The Phase I effort will evaluate optimal data processing techniques that will need to be incorporated into engine health management as well as engine prognosis systems. The Phase II effort will further develop these techniques and demonstrate how data flows from the raw signal to a processed and compressed format.

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