Autonomous Nonbattery Wireless Strain Gage for Structural Health Testing and Monitoring in Extreme Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-11-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: F08B-T01-0026
Amount: $749,900.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-BT01
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
Small Business Information
9160 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD, -
DUNS: 113489319
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Gemeny
 Director, Technology Projects
 (410) 884-0500
Business Contact
 Ed O''Malley
Title: V.P., Finance and Administration
Phone: (410) 884-0500
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Eric K Walton
 1320 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH, 43212-
 (614) 292-5051
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: In Phase II, Syntonics will develop an advanced wireless strain measurement system for structural health monitoring. The system will be configured with a number of passive, non-battery power strain sensors communicating wirelessly with an interrogating device mounted external to the engine under test. The goal is the development of designs and manufacturing processes able to reliably produce sensors to measure high frequency dynamic strain at temperatures to 300 C and the equipment to operate them in a realistic environment. The important result of this Phase II is the development of a system enabling condition-based maintenance of rotating equipment through direct measurement in hostile environments at extreme temperatures. The objective for dozens of high data rate strain sensors communicating dynamic strain from within the rotating, high temperature environment of the engine is a valuable capability enabling cost effective testing with significant cost savings. Present technology necessitates thousands of labor hours to install resistive strain gages that must be meticulously wired through complex cavities and unreliable slip rings. The usual result of the current method is failure of the wiring due to the environmental stresses. The cost savings to the government by elimination of the wiring may is significant. BENEFIT: There is a broad and pervasive need across DoD and Industry for passive wireless sensor systems that enable condition-based maintenance. The initial DoD market may be with AFRL for its propulsion testing program, but every service has vehicular and aircraft maintenance requirements that can benefit from an easily implemented wireless sensing system supporting condition based maintenance. The initial military market is significant: Many fighter jets deployed today would benefit by periodically monitoring engine condition which can be accomplished by selectivity reading strain and/or vibration, Large cargo and transport jets continue to operate beyond their original design life which increases the pressure to enhance maintenance without increasing cost. Industrial and shipboard applications (e.g., power production, water processing, manufacturing process control, etc.) are highly sensitive to cost and system reliability, making them ideal candidates for the improved economics of condition-based maintenance enabled by this technology. An affordable, deployable, wireless sensing system should rapidly capture a large market share.

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