Wireless Sensors with Advanced Detection and Prognostic Capabilities for Corrosion Health Management

Period of Performance: 03/18/2011 - 01/18/2012

$400K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Analatom, Inc.
3210 Scott Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The aim of this project is to validate a wireless sensor structural health monitoring system that is specifically designed and implemented for the C-130 aircraft, and further suited for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Such systems are key elements in assuring the performance and reliability of the high value assets while minimizing lifecycle costs associated with environmental degradation and fatigue loading. The technology builds on the Analatom Linear Polarization Resistance (LPR) wireless corrosion sensor technology in which the feasibility of the system platform has successfully been demonstrated in previous Phase efforts. This demonstration was architected to have significant monitoring and 802.11b data transmission capabilities, transitioning the electronics design to a compliant micro flex platform, and identifying the electronic components, packaging, and additional sensors to meet the requirements for complete condition monitoring. System optimization has been demonstrated to meet the size, cost, and power constraints for implementation on the associated military aircraft. The proposed Phase II effort will implement a wireless, self-powered sensor platform on a C-130 airframe to validate the flight worthiness of the system, and further collect data and conduct data analysis for an extended period. Subsequent efforts will develop the system to meet the requirements, standards, and certifications necessary for implementation broadly across military platforms.