Corrosion Sensors for Army Missile Systems and Aircraft Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R094
Agency Tracking Number: A043-164-0768
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-164
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
562 Weddell Drive, Suite 4, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089
DUNS: 064744436
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Trevor Niblock
 CTO
 (408) 734-9392
 niblock@analatom.com
Business Contact
 Bernard Laskowski
Title: President
Phone: (408) 734-9392
Email: laskowski@analatom.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Corrosion Health Monitoring Systems (HMS) and Prognostics are key to maintaining the performance and reliability of high value, critical structures. Army seeks to minimize life-cycle costs due to environmental degradation of nonmetallic materials and corrosion of metals for missile and aging aircraft components by early detection, monitoring and prediction of corrosion using a HMS that satisfies critical size, weight, power and location constraints, e.g. underneath paint layers, thereby requiring state-of-the-art in microsensor and electronic subsystem technologies. Combining its sensor products and a custom-designed 3M Flexicircuit, Analatom proposes to develop a Corrosion Monitoring system that is both practical and feasible for missiles and aircraft monitoring, consisting of a multiplexed system of several nodes that obtain data from several low cost, microfabricated corrosion and MEMS strain gauge sensors with real time intelligent algorithms to detect, monitor and predict corrosion rates; use simple integrated electronic components for sensor interfacing; low cost, off-the-shelf microcontroller chips for data acquisition and processing, and download the sensor network data to a central health management system. During Phase I, the architectural strategy and failure-mode prediction algorithms will be developed along with feasibility demonstration. Software and interface protocols issues will additionally be addressed during this effort.

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