A Noninvasive Sensor/Control Suite for Health Monitoring and Extended Life of Aircraft Generation Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0108
Agency Tracking Number: N064-007-0525
Amount: $2,115,090.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T007
Solicitation Number: 2006.
Small Business Information
P.C. KRAUSE & ASSOC., INC.
3000 Kent Avenue, Suite C1-100, West Lafayette, IN, -
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Walters
 (765) 464-8997
 walters@pcka.com
Business Contact
 Eric Walters
Title: Vice President
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Email: walters@pcka.com
Research Institution
 PURDUE UNIV.
 Steven Pekarek
 2540 Dole Street
Hall 402
Honolulu, HI, 96822-
 (765) 494-3434
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Catastrophic failures in aircraft electrical power systems can compromise the readiness, safety, and capabilities of the war-fighter. In this effort, a multi-physics suite of tools will be developed based upon the successful Phase I research to provide a comprehensive prognostics and health management system (PHM) for aircraft generators and associated electrical systems. The PHM will be based upon a set of recently developed tools that include a novel sensor to measure torque-ripple-induced vibration created by electric machinery, a thermal condition monitor that can predict the temperatures within an electric machine under healthy and damaged operation, and numerical simulation tools that enable rapid development and solution of component and system-level models of electric machinery and power electronic systems operated in fault conditions. Validation of the PHM concepts and the computer simulations used will be performed with hardware using an F-18 generator as the test platform.

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