Wireless Torque Sensor for Condition Based Maintenance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0278
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-030-0401
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T030
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
19 Leaming Rd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906-4209
DUNS: 171714566
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Viorel Olariu
 CTO
 (719) 502-1348
 volariu@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Alfred Gnadinger
Title: CEO
Phone: (719) 337-4318
Email: alfred@albido.com
Research Institution
 UCCS
 Gwendolyn A Logan Gennaro
 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO, 80918-3733
 (719) 255-3321
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In recent years, the need for highly reliable, durable and non-intrusive systems for monitoring the health condition of naval structures becomes more and more recognized. Of particular importance is the condition based maintenance of Navy rotating machinery (motors, generators, pumps, gear systems, etc.). Such Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems should be able to detect failures in their early stages so that the repairs would be less expensive or, even better, it should be able to predict the critical conditions so that preventive actions can be taken to avoid possible damage. Albido proposes a novel system capable of structural health monitoring, particularly of measuring high-bandwidth torque of naval rotating machinery operating in extreme environments, which uses wireless true passive sensors. Albido"s sensors will be able to make both static and dynamic torque measurements on small or large shafts. Due to its small thickness and low weight, Albido"s sensors can be used on moving structures without disturbing the aerodynamic properties. The proposed system is low cost, low maintenance, reconfigurable, adaptive, scalable, easy to install on new or existing structures, and does not disrupt the environment.

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