Smart Sensor Network for Platform Structural Health Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,871.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-10-C-0243
Award Id:
97737
Agency Tracking Number:
A093-173-0915
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-173
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3340 West College Ave., State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
168596554
Principal Investigator:
Steven Owens
Director of Engineering
(814) 234-3437
sowens@fbsworldwide.com
Business Contact:
Michael Avioli
Vice President
(814) 234-3437
rcarnes@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The military faces a challenge with regard to temporary bridge inspection, as most existing monitoring solutions are designed around the monitoring of permanent bridge structures. These temporary structures are now being used in semi-permanent installations and are experiencing loads and cycles far above their originally designed limits. There is a need to provide a system for these bridges to automatically assess the bridge condition, predict the remaining life, and communicate that information to decision makers. The approach presented here involves the development of a modular system that is capable of interfacing with multiple sensor platforms. There are many possible techniques for monitoring a bridge structure from localized monitoring technologies to overall assessment technologies. Potential techniques include acoustic emission, ultrasonic bulk wave and guided waves, strain gages, eddy current, environmental sensors, load cells, and fiber optic sensors. FBS has put together a team that collectively has experience in all of these areas. FBS has been working for years in the area of ultrasonic health monitoring technologies, and Mistras Group, doing business as Physical Acoustics Corporation (PAC) is a world leader in the implementation of health monitoring solutions for civil structures.

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