Intelligent and Robust Sensor Network for Distributed Engine Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: N073-175-0422
Amount: $749,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-175
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
2363 Calle Del Mundo, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Behzad Moslehi
 (408) 565-9004
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Title: CEO/CTO
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Research Institution
In Phase II, IFOS will continue the development of a robust intelligent sensor technology and fiber-optic network for sensing temperature and pressure in high temperature/ vibration gas turbine engine propulsion system applications. The existing Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) architecture for aero-engine control system does not have the expansion capability to provide features and functionalities meeting the increasing demands of Test & Evaluation, health management and aircraft control integration. A new paradigm of lightweight, high reliability and wide bandwidth optical fiber data network is needed. Further, Distributed Control System (DCS) architectures are also necessary to enable modular design and inherent scalability via continued COTS technology advances. A key technology hurdle is adapting COTS to an aircraft propulsion environment. The technology will be validated in the laboratory and in ground engine tests outside IFOS. The success criterion is the survival of the fiber-optic network sensor system on an engine that is on the ground (Phase II) and in the air (Phase III). In Phase II, IFOS will build, test on a real engine, and deliver a detailed demonstration of a 4-node, self-healing, CWDM Optical Ring Network (CORIN), extendable to a DWDM Optical Ring Network (DORIN), in a jet engine environment.

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