Configuration Management and Monitoring System for Mission Module Interfaces

Period of Performance: 05/10/2004 - 11/10/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Williams-pyro, Inc.
20 Grenleaf St.
Fort Worth, TX -
Principal Investigator


This SBIR will result in the development of a comprehensive framework for the design and integration of health assessment modules, diagnostic modules, prognostic modules, decision support modules and configuration management modules into ship vehicles and other modular systems. Specifically, WPI proposes an Automated Configuration Management and Monitoring System (ACMMS) of shipboard module interfaces for ship vehicles and other modular systems. Our proposed health monitoring system applies engineering principles toward the diagnosis and correction of system malfunctions. The development of prognostic and health maintenance methodologies coupled with advanced distributed computing technology have facilitated the utilization and implementation of engineering principles and experience into a ship-wide automated maintenance strategy. Our proposed diagnostic and prognostic framework is a system-level health management system that receives inputs from sources such as performance monitoring, built-in tests (BIT), and sensors. The ACMMS will (1) process that data to derive diagnostic and prognostic indications; (2) relate status conditions to the ability to perform specific missions; and (3) relate health and status to required maintenance actions and resources. The proposed ACMMS will be functionally partitioned into discrete scalable, reusable modules consisting of isolated, self-contained functional elements.