Neural, Modular, Adaptive Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 18029
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9131 Mason Avenue, Chatsworth, CA, 91311
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Juang, Phd
 (818) 407-0092
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
The success of any strategic defense system depends on the control of space structures. Space structures facilitate precise and rapid retargeting maneuvers without adverse jitter and to provide decision making in the presence of uncertainties and failures. Two enabling technologies; piezoceramic sensor/actuator and neural networks will be blended in a modular, miniaturized, light-weight, adaptive structure in this project to meet the challenge for space applications. The adaptive structurure can either be embedded in the structural member or mounted on the surface of the host surface. Use of miniaturized electronics, distributed sensor/actuator designs, and advanced control concepts, the adaptive structure patch meets the weight, size, power, and reliability requirements for space applications. Another innovation is the use of dual neural networks to perform stabilization and reconfiguration in a real-time environment. A back propagation type neural network is used for stabilization and precision control. A cerebullar model articulation computer is used for health monitoring and reconfiguration control. The mutual-aid concept can be exploited to reinforce learning and enhance decision making capability for the adaptive structure.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government