Wireless Torque Sensor for Condition Based Maintenance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-030-0401
Amount: $749,976.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N11A-T030
Solitcitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Albido Corporation
19 Leaming Rd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
Duns: 000000000
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alfred Gnadinger
 CEO
 (719) 337-4318
 alfred@albido.com
Business Contact
 Viorel Olariu
Title: CTO
Phone: (719) 357-7250
Email: volariu@gmail.com
Research Institution
 University of Colorado at Colorado
 Gwendolyn 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. Albidos 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, Albidos 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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