Thrust Estimation System for Military Engine Test Cell Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0166
Agency Tracking Number: N093-181-0293
Amount: $149,933.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-181
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd, Rochester, NY, 14623
DUNS: 073955507
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan DeCastro
 Sr. Project Engineer
 (585) 424-1990
Business Contact
 Mark Redding
Title: President
Phone: (585) 424-1990
Research Institution
Engine thrust is a critical measurement in military engine acceptance tests, and this measurement may be too noisy or to extract meaningful information. Impact Technologies therefore proposes to develop an accurate real-time military engine thrust estimator to compute “virtual measurements” of engine thrust and other parameters of interest in a streaming, on-line fashion. Thrust estimation is a challenging task due to the complex dependency of thrust on the engine’s health condition and other unknown factors. To accurately capture engine-to-engine variation and engine degradation, a hybrid model is proposed that consists of a physics-based model and an empirical model based on Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). The model will be used within a Kalman filter estimator structure reconstruct the true dynamic engine performance variables. This scheme will be enhanced by a sensor validation scheme to ensure robustness to sensor faults or noise that can occur in the test cell environment. The proposed Phase I is designed to establish a sound proof-of-concept capability with high prospects for maturation in DoD/commercial engine test cells and on-wing engine applications.

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