Innovative Concepts for Ultra-light and Reliable Hydraulic Actuators with Smart Actuation and a Self-learning Algorithm for System Health (SLASH)

Period of Performance: 09/15/2008 - 03/15/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Beaver Aerospace & Defense
11850 Mayfield
Livonia, MI 48150
Principal Investigator


The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the ability of Beaver Aerospace and Defense to decrease the weight and cost of aircraft actuators while increasing their reliability. Aircraft actuators are a significant cost and safety concern to the Department of Defense. Beaver Aerospace and Defense is developing a Self-Learning Algorithm for System Health (SLASH) that monitors critical aircraft actuator components and uses a prognostic set of equations to predict early wear and failure probabilities. The equations and equipment used are directly applicable to subsystem and system health in aircraft.