Ultra Low-Power and Embeddable Blade-Condition Monitor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,996.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
95211
Agency Tracking Number:
94483
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
07 c
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6960 Firerock Court, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112811364
Principal Investigator:
Robert Owen
Dr.
(303) 523-8924
rowen@extremediagnostics.com
Business Contact:
Robert Owen
Dr.
(303) 523-8924
rowen@extremediagnostics.com
Research Institute:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Linda Bucy
Office of Sponsored Programs
1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006 (MC 0170)
Blacksburg, VA, 24060
(540) 231-5281
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This SBIR/STTR project delivers an ultra-low power structural health monitoring (SHM) system that uses autonomous, wirelessly embedded sensors to monitor and assess structural integrity in wind turbine blades. EASE features impedance-based active SHM, which is highly sensitive to damage like cracks, delimitations, mass variations, fastener failures and stiffness changes. Blades are the only wind turbine component designed and manufactured uniquely for wind energy applications, and the blade is perhaps the most important link in component technology. Future, improved blade designs will maximize performance at the lowest possible cost, stretch rotors to greater swept areas, and increase energy capture

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