Embedded control of an Active Structural Integrity Monitoring System using interlaced PZT and Thin-Film Transistors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-0266
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB2-0052
Amount: $1,049,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB042-035
Solicitation Number: 2004.2
Small Business Information
155C-3 Moffett Park Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Pin Yu
 Chief Architect
 (408) 745-7872
 pin_yu@acellent.com
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Title: Director, Business Develo
Phone: (408) 745-1188
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is increasingly being evaluated by the industry as a possible method to improve the safety and reliability of structures and thereby reduce operational cost. However, the scalability and applicability of SHM systems for the monitoring of large structures is still a challenge. The goal of the proposed effort is to develop the capability for enhanced in-situ structural health monitoring of large structures through embedded control of a large number of sensors and actuators. The effort focuses on development of “Flexible Smart Strips” for structural health monitoring. The strips will have the following innovative characteristics: Versatility and flexibility for application to structures of any geometry and configuration, Flexibility for ease of installation even in inaccessible structural areas, Built-in capability for data acquisition and processing, Ability to monitor the integrity of large structural areas, Enhanced damage detection capability, Extreme Portability and Low-cost. The project will leverage the Thin Film Transistor technology to provide benefits of flexibility, cost and performance. Phase I focused on demonstrating the feasibility of the concept while phase II will focus on the flexible smart strip prototype development and implementation issues.

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