A Wireless Sensor to Monitor Generator Control Unit and Main Power Relay Health

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: A131-023-0527
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-023
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
515 Courtney Way Suite B, Lafayette, CO, -
DUNS: 128688111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Follett
 Sr. Electrical Engineer
 (303) 516-9075
 mfollett@sporian.com
Business Contact
 Mike Usrey
Title: VP Business Development
Phone: (303) 516-9075
Email: musrey@sporian.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Sporian proposes to develop a wireless sensor suite for rotorcraft Generator Control Unit (GCU) and Main Power Relay (MPR) health monitoring. This sensor suite will monitor the GCU for changes in component characteristics (e.g. resistance of relay contacts), temperature, vibration extremes, voltage surges, and other factors that will indicate the unit is close to the end of its serviceably life. The complete data set will be logged, analyzed for prognostic and diagnostic estimations, and wirelessly transmission to maintenance personnel and/or a Health Monitoring and Usage System (HUMS) mounted on the rotorcraft. This system will also assist with Condition Based Maintenance CBM by indicating to maintenance personnel when an GCU system could fail. Phase I efforts will focus on defining the system requirements, evaluating competing system options, developing an initial design for the system, and prototyping and demonstrating critical aspects of the system in a laboratory environment on actual or representative GCU components. Sporian will work with Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratory and Titanium Mirror, Inc. on the proposed effort.

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