Dynamic Simulation-Based Turbine Engine Decision Support

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-07-C-0168
Agency Tracking Number: N052-104-0137
Amount: $608,107.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-104
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
13029 Danielson Street, Suite 200, Poway, CA, 92064
DUNS: 097858836
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Brotherton
 VP, Chief Technical Offic
 (858) 679-4140
Business Contact
 Laura Goodrich
Title: VP Contracts & Finance
Phone: (858) 679-4140
Email: laura.goodrich@iac-online.com
Research Institution
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine will be capable of performing on-board fault detection, isolation, and prognosis. The engine will include a variety of advanced sensor components and processing strategies expressly tailored for prognostics and health monitoring (PHM) that have not been implemented before on any engine. IAC, with Pratt & Whitney support, proposes to develop a dynamic hybrid turbine engine model for maintenance decision support. The hybrid approach fuses a physical model with an empirical model to provide enhanced diagnostics and prognostics capabilities for gas turbine engines. Fusion of techniques has been shown to improve detection and classification performance while simultaneously reducing false alarms. The physics model used is STORM (Self Tuning On-board, Real-time engine Model). Addition of an empirical modeling component results in an enhanced STORM or eSTORM. On Phase II we plan to further develop the F135 eSTORM concept. The model will be implemented in real-time using an IAC-1134 system that will be ready for installation in a test cell environment. If available, the real-time system will be demonstrated processing F135 data in a test stand environment.

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