SMART Tape For Structural Health Monitoring of Rocket Engines

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$596,075.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNM06AA19C
Award Id:
76836
Agency Tracking Number:
040111
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
155 C-3 Moffett Park Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
043688410
Principal Investigator:
AmritaKumar
Principal Investigator
(408) 745-1121
sjb@acellent.com
Business Contact:
AmritaKumar
Business Official
(408) 745-1188
akumar@acellent.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Acellent Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop a SMART Tape system that can be used to perform rapid non-destructive evaluation in real time and provide long-term monitoring of pressure vessels in liquid rocket engines. Based on Acellent's existing SMART Layer technology, this innovative system combines a sensor network, dedicated signal processing and data analysis software to allow for real-time in-situ monitoring and long term tracking of structural integrity of pressure vessels (such as ducts, manifolds and combustion chambers) in rocket engines. Specifically, the proposed structural health monitoring system will have the following unique features: -Survive harsh environments and missions-Inspect inaccessible areas without disassembly-Ability to detect cracks and monitor crack growth in real-time-Prevent imminent and catastrophic failures in rocket enginesThe proposed innovation is important as it will address the need for safe as well as reliable advanced space exploration vehicle/propulsion systems. Acellent has been sub-contracted to develop the Structural Health Monitoring system as part of an Integrated System Health Management architecture development for Exploration Systems Research and Technology. The architecture will also support work that is currently on-going to define design solutions for NASA's proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle.

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