Awards

$125K

Lightweight Small-Scale Turbine Generator

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 12-1-A3.05
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13
PI: Rory Keogh

The proposed innovation is a propulsion technology that will help achieve NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Program (FAP) goals of reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency for high speed flight. NASA's objective to achieve increase the specific power of high efficiency electric components to make a 10 mega-watt onboard power generation an...

$80K

Guided Wave-Based Bondline Integrity Monitoring

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N122-125
Budget: 10/31/12 - 05/02/13
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

The implementation of structural health monitoring (SHM) into aerospace applications has been hindered by component quantity, including sensors, cables, and acquisition/computation units, as well as data quality. Particularly for large-area applications such ship hulls, complexity of the implied system infrastructure can be impractical, and data...

$80K

Hybrid State-Detection System for Gearbox Components

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Illinois, Chicago

Agency: Navy
Topic: N12A-T007
Budget: 08/15/12 - 03/15/13
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

Aerospace structures are subject to dynamic loading. In particular, gearbox components experience continuous cyclic loading, wear and eventually develop fatigue cracks. As opposed to most other aircraft components, gearbox components are non-redundant, so a failure can have catastrophic consequences. Gearbox members are typically magnesium, alum...

$495K

Integrated Damage Detection System for Composite Submarine Propellers

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N111-067
Budget: 06/21/12 - 06/21/13
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

This SBIR aims to develop a damage detection system that can be integrated with composite submarine propellers, with the goal of capturing precursors to delamination. During the Phase I, Metis Design Corporation (MDC) worked closely with Rolls-Royce Naval Marine (RR) to provide a proof of principal demonstration using previously developed sensor...

$80K

CNT-Enhanced Mid-Frequency Sonar Dome

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N121-058
Budget: 06/20/12 - 12/20/12
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

Sonar domes provide protection to sonar arrays by imposing a physical barrier to eroding fluid flow as well as preventing incidental impact. Furthermore, they provide aerodynamic shapes over the pressure hull to minimize drag and turbulence. Traditionally, they are fabricated of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP), since composites have superior spe...

$495K

Active Damage Detection & Visualization for Naval Assets

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: University of California, San Diego

Agency: Navy
Topic: N10A-T042
Budget: 09/20/11 - 09/20/12
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

This proposal presents an optimized approach for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of naval assets. This research leverages hardware previously developed by Metis Design Corporation (MDC), including distributed digitization hardware, piezoelectric-based damage-localization sensors, and a data accumulation hub. Collaborating with UCSD, there wer...

$80K

Guided Wave-based SHM of Submersible Navy Composites

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N111-053
Budget: 08/12/11 - 02/12/12
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

The implementation of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems into naval applications has been hindered by component quantity, including sensors, cables, and acquisition/computation units, as well as data quality. Particularly for large-area applications such ship hulls, complexity of the implied system infrastructure can be impractical, and ...

$498K

Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based Intelligent-Aerosurface System

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N101-038
Budget: 07/27/11 - 07/31/12
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

Metis Design proposes the development of a novel intelligent-aerosurface system for ice-detection, de-icing, anti-icing and structural diagnostics in fixed-wing leading-edges and rotorcraft rotor-blades. The basis for the system is carbon nanotube (CNT) enhancements embedded within composite laminates in conjunction with direct write (DW) electr...

$80K

Guided Wave-based SHM of Composite Navy Propellers

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N111-067
Budget: 05/09/11 - 03/09/12
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

The implementation of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems into naval applications has been hindered by component quantity, including sensors, cables, and acquisition/computation units, as well as data quality. Particularly for large-area applications such ship hulls, complexity of the implied system infrastructure can be impractical, and ...

$750K

Multi-Physics, Multi-Functional Nano-Engineered Composites for Structural Health Monitoring

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF08-BT23
Budget: 11/02/10 - 11/02/12
PI: Dr. Seth Kessler

ABSTRACT: Composite materials are increasingly adopted into Aerospace application due to their superior specific strength/stiffness, resistance to fatigue and ability to reduce part-count. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that by introducing carbon nanotubes (CNTs), multi-functional capabilities can be achieved by virtue of their high cond...

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