Repeatable Release Holdback Bar Health Monitoring System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0261
Agency Tracking Number: N081-014-0694
Amount: $749,952.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: N08-014
Solitcitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Duns: 072021041
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Magari
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
 pjm@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Repeatable Release Holdback Bar (RRHB) is critical to the safe and effective launch of carrier-based aircraft. The current RRHB is a purely mechanical device with no integral electronic health monitoring or warning capabilities. All records regarding the use of an RRHB must be maintained manually to guide normal maintenance and calibration activities. In between these maintenance cycles, there is no indication of whether or not the RRHB is performing within specifications. The objective of this project is to develop a durable sensor package that can be mounted on the RRHB to monitor and report key performance metrics such as the RRHB serial number, number of shots, release load, and reset status, thereby providing shipboard personnel with an indication that unscheduled service might be required. In Phase I, we developed an overall system concept including specifications and an interfacing approach with fleet personnel. We developed a prototype system and demonstrated the overall concept. In the Base Phase II effort, the system will be integrated with a range of existing RRHBs, and the performance will be validated with laboratory test facilities. In Option efforts, we will shipboard qualify the systems and deliver six units for shipboard testing.

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