Dynamic, Adaptive Life Models for Drive Train Clutches

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number: N031-0911
Amount: $736,364.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-028
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
DUNS: 094841665
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Asif Khalak
 Lead Research Engineer
 (781) 273-3388
Business Contact
 John Barry
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 273-3388
Email: jbarry@alphatech.com
Research Institution
ALPHATECH proposes, in conjunction with our partners, Rolls-Royce North America, a novel approach to the on-line prognostic modeling of drivetrain clutch systems, combining dynamic modeling of the clutch transients with physics-of-failure based hazard modeling. In particular, our effort is focused towards the F35B LiftFan clutch, to which our models and techniques will be applied. We extend our oxidation wear model for Carbon-Carbon composites developed under Phase I, and refine this to the LiftFan Clutch application. The goal is to predict clutch problems before they impact vehicle performance, enabling the vision of autonomic logistics through precision sensing and prognosis. The model extends existing LiftFan clutch loading models to address the transient engagement dynamics, and incorporates several physics-of-failure models to address different types of component failures. Further, our physical modeling approach addresses the unique features of this clutch, which has extremely high power density and transient loads. This, combined with the ability to fuse existing anomaly-detection technology, has the potential to provide high-accuracy predictions of future life.

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