Diagnostic / Prognostic System for Tactical Power Sources

Period of Performance: 12/14/2005 - 06/14/2006

$68.2K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Noregon Systems, Inc.
500 Shepherd St. Ste 300
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Maintenance on Army Tactical Power Systems (TPS's) is currently performed at regular intervals regardless of actual usage or operating conditions - wasting resources servicing systems that do not need maintenance, and missing opportunities to prevent catastrophic failures. The Army seeks to 1) improve maintenance efficiency and effectiveness by servicing systems based on actual usage and 2) implement a diagnostics and prognostics (D&P) system that will continuously monitor system health, allowing the Army to predict and prevent system failures. Noregon will use COTS technology to develop the requirements for a Realtime System Monitor, which reads parameters and operating information from the TPS, indicates System Readiness, and alerts the operator to Preventive Maintenance needs; and for the Offboard System Diagnostics PC application, which provides more detailed D&P information and data retention, aggregation, and reporting. This system will increase TPS reliability, affordability, survivability, and operational safety while reducing the maintenance ratio. Noregon will leverage its 12+ years experience in heavy-duty vehicle engine D&P and embedded systems, and its existing diagnostics PC application framework. Because commercial power generation systems are very similar to TPS's, Noregon expects this solution will be directly applicable to the commercial market, which is growing at 8% annually starting in 2005.