Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) using structural health monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R079
Agency Tracking Number: A043-158-2461
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-158
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
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
 Shawn Beard
 Chief Technology Officer
 (408) 745-1188
 sjb@acellent.com
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Title: Business Head
Phone: (408) 745-1188
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Monitoring the continued health of aircraft subsystems and identifying problems before they affect airworthiness has been a long-term goal of both the U.S. military and commercial aviation industry. Structural health monitoring (SHM) can provide a paradigm shift from schedule-driven maintenance to condition-based maintenance (CBM) of assets. The proposed project will focus on the development of a Condition Based Maintenance system for Unmanned Air Vehicles using a built-in structural health monitoring system. Phase I will primarily focus on optimizing the number of sensors and developing an innovative interface between reliable and accurate diagnostic structural information and prognostic models that is applicable to composite and metal structures used in unmanned air vehicle (UAV) platforms. The proposed development will provide the means to significantly reduce maintenance/inspection costs, and enhance the reliability, efficiency and readiness of UAV structures. Boeing strongly supports the proposed development and has agreed to assist with the sensor optimization, interface development and application of Acellent's SHM technology to their platform designs.

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