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Real-time Rotorcraft Damage Detection and Control (R2D2C)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0512
Agency Tracking Number: N112-118-1069
Amount: $79,760.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-118
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-09-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ -
United States
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert McKillip
 Senior Associate
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Title: Director, Business Admini
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Research Institution

Current technology health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) equipment are very aircraft-specific, as they are based on data-driven methodologies that require significant flight test data to define sensitivities and measurement norms. The proposed approach incorporates an embedded aeromechanical rotor model within its monitoring function that greatly expands both the scope and the range of possible flight parameters to be monitored as part of a next-generation HUMS system. The added information may be included within the flight control system, via active inceptors at the pilot controls, to help mitigate damage in rotor system components detected in real-time during flight. These added features are possible through a combination of four key CDI technologies demonstrated in prior work: (1) the capability to operate the aeromechanical model in real-time; (2) a novel approach for rotor system sensing using accelerometer sensors; (3) a patented fault-detection methodology that has applications to generic rotor system response; and (4) an innovative approach for active inceptor force/response control. The resulting system should have wide applicability to both civil and military rotorcraft as well as future VTOL configurations.

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