Aircraft Anomaly Prognostics

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,861.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX10CC03P
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
094059
Solicitation Topic Code:
A1
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
6595 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ, 85704
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
157955597
Principal Investigator
 Neil Kunst
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 742-3300
 neil.kunst@ridgetopgroup.com
Business Contact
 Milena Thompson
Title: Business Official
Phone: (520) 742-3300
Email: milena@ridgetop-group.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Ridgetop Group will leverage its proven Electromechanical Actuator (EMA) prognostics methodology to develop an advanced model-based actuator prognostic reasoner (MAPR). Ridgetop's concept is a self-contained, embedded prognostic reasoner with a passive connection to common avionic data busses. By monitoring actuator health in real time and providing early warning of incipient fault conditions, the proposed MAPR would enable condition based maintenance (CBM) of critical avionic flight control systems and support safer, more reliable next generation air transportation. The novel approach will effectively decouple the passive prognostic reasoner from the target flight control system, or actuator, and will support multiple avionic data bus interfaces, such as MIL-STD-1553, easing adoption, validation, integration, and support. Potentially, a single MAPR could monitor multiple flight control systems, reducing overall sensor costs. Furthermore, an embedded MAPR implementation with field upgradeable firmware would support evolving interface standards and prognostic health measurement capabilities. Finally, the proposed MAPR architecture is ideally suited for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing, which dramatically accelerates technology readiness and commercial introduction.

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