Wireless Distributed Strain Sensing for Structural Health Monitoring (WISDOM)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,972.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0192
Award Id:
98560
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-095-0829
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-095
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Canal View Blvd, Rochester, NY, 14623
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073955507
Principal Investigator:
CarlPalmer
Manager, Sensing & Monito
(585) 424-1990
carl.palmer@impact-tek.com
Business Contact:
MarkRedding
President
(585) 424-1990
mark.redding@impact-tek.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Impact Technologies, with assistance from Illionix and oversight from Boeing and Lockheed Martin, proposes to develop an integrated, easily scalable, low-cost wireless, batteryless sensing network for enabling advanced structural health monitoring (SHM) of key components on DoD (and commercial) platforms. These include ships, submarines, and aircraft. The proposed system utilizes emerging "Computational RFID" (CRFID) technology to enable wireless sensing. Each sensor is an autonomous WISP-based (wireless identification and sensing platform) CRFID node that utilizes an extremely low powered microprocessor powered solely by RF power harvesting. Sensed health data is transmitted via backscatter using standard protocols to RFID reader nodes that interface with existing ship/aircraft systems in order to complete the data integration. Many unpowered sensors can be handled by a single reader node. In phase I, the project focuses on distributed strain sensing. However, the technology developed in phase I should be readily transferrable to other sensing needs for health monitoring, including corrosion, humidity and vibration. The three-phase program will result in an easily reconfigurable, continuous, and intelligent monitoring system that will help the Navy and OEMs reduce maintenance & inspection costs, improve readiness, and reduce the risks of unexpected structural failures.

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