MicroStrain lands $730,000 Phase II SBIR for energy harvesting RFIDs on Army helicopters

first_imgSource: MicroStrain, Inc. Williston. 9.23.2010 The US Army recently awarded MicroStrain, Inc. a Phase II SBIR contract to continue to develop a comprehensive and wirelessly networked health management capability that can be embedded directly into rotorcraft components. Providing the technology to manage the health of rotating helicopter structural components is expected to significantly reduce operational costs, increase mission readiness, and enhance safety.MicroStrain’s Phase II SBIR effort includes a demonstration of embedded energy harvesting radio frequency identification (EH-RFID) nodes with capabilities of unique identification, performance monitoring, on board storage of component usage history, and remaining useful life.Bridging the gap between design assumptions and actual usage, MicroStrain’s wireless energy harvesting sensors will continuously measure the loads on critical rotating helicopter structures during flight. By converting ambient strain and vibration energies into power, the sensors don’t require battery maintenance.The EH-RFIDs will be compatible with existing wireless sensor data aggregators (WSDAs), which feature an open architecture interface to HUMS boxes. EH-RFID nodes will also be designed to perform autonomously on aircraft which may not have an installed HUMS system. Steve Arms adds, ‘One of the unique aspects of our Army Phase II SBIR effort is that the EH-RFID sensor nodes will be designed to consume very little energy. This facilitates continuous operation using highly miniaturized energy harvesters, which greatly reduces the barriers to embedded sensor installation.’The development of usage tracking RFID nodes with energy harvesting capabilities will represent a major advance by enabling significant cost savings and opening up many new applications in structural health monitoring and machine condition based maintenance.MicroStrain, Inc is a privately held corporation based in Williston Vermont. MicroStrain produces smart, wireless, micro-miniature displacement, orientation and strain sensors. Applications include advanced automotive controls, health monitoring, inspection of machines and civil structures, smart medical devices and navigation/control systems for unmanned vehicles, and energy harvesting technologies.last_img read more

Top Birmingham agents plan new niche firm

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James Harden shrugs off end to Rockets’ win streak: ‘It’s one loss’

first_imgJames Harden believes the Rockets’ loss Wednesday to the Warriors can help Houston in the long run, despite ending its nine-game winning streak.The Rockets fell, 106-104, at Toyota Center, their first loss since Feb. 21 against the Lakers. Stephen Curry hails Warriors’ teamwork without Kevin Durant against Rockets Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins nets season-high 27 points, Steve Kerr credits rotation change One aspect Harden feels the Rockets need to work on is their rebounding, something he believes will be crucial if they want to go far in the playoffs.”As a team we’ve got to rebound the basketball [better],” he said. “We’re so good once we rebound the basketball and get out in transition.”But it makes it difficult no matter who we’re playing, if you don’t give a team second-chance opportunities.”center_img “It’s all right, we lost, we know we did. A good thing about it is we play a game on Friday. I mean, listen, it’s one loss,” Harden said.”We fought the entire game, it’s just you’re playing against a good team like that, you’ve got to play hard and smart.”Mentally we had a couple of lapses early in the game, especially in the first and second quarter, that gave them some open looks and that was it.”[But] we locked in and we got stops and we knew who they were guarding. We wanted to score, it should have been that way the entire game. Give them credit they made shots and played well.Final in Houston. pic.twitter.com/QjNGKCrn8f— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 14, 2019″We made a lot of mistakes, but we’re never going to give up. We fought back until the last second and that’s what it is. “We’ll look at film, try to get better and move on to Phoenix on Friday and try to get better in every single game until the postseason.”It was a good game for us, we didn’t come out with the win but [it’s a] learning experience.” Harden recorded a double-double in the defeat as he had 29 points and 10 assists, with three rebounds, but ultimately it was not enough.However, he urged his teammates not to get down as they enter the run-up to the NBA playoffs. Related Newslast_img read more

Max Scherzer does his job again, and in typical hard-nosed fashion

first_imgScherzer expected to work deep Wednesday, especially after the first few frames. He got the seventh inning from manager Davey Martinez and, in typical fashion, finished with a flourish. MLB.com says he threw 13 four-seam fastballs in the inning; his slowest was 94.3 mph and his fastest was 97.6. He struck out his last three batters.He long ago earned respect from teammates with his competitive fire and his ability to put up numbers, but this game, and Scherzer’s 2019 season, should lift him to a higher perch, even if he is counted on to be indestructible. Scherzer leads the National League with 146 Ks and 106 1/3 innings pitched, and his 2.62 ERA is fourth-best. He’s right in the heart of what is now a crowded Cy Young race.If the Nats’ promotions people were smart (or just feeling mischievous), they’d rush to create a new batch of Scherzer bobbleheads for their scheduled Friday giveaway. Show the type of commitment their ace does and add a splotch of purple paint below every right eye. Show that the organization can get the job done, too, no matter what might get in the way. Max Scherzer wasn’t hurt Wednesday even though his bruised face indicated otherwise. He had all he needed: clear eyes and a right arm full of gas.The Nationals’ ace took the mound one night after he busted his nose by bunting a batting practice pitch into his face. The bunt was executed with, shall we say, less than total gusto. Scherzer’s pitching, on the other hand, was quintessential . . . Max effort. He limited the Phillies to four hits and a pair of walks over seven scoreless innings and 117 pitches. He struck out 10. He got the win and the Nats (35-38) completed a sweep of a day-night doubleheader, which pushed them to four games behind the Phils for the National League’s second wild-card berth.MORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNNow, while it’s true that Scherzer’s performance wasn’t a Bloody Sock Game or a gem thrown by someone whose elbow (or hamstring) could unravel at any second, it was still a forceful reminder to teammates and opponents alike: Answer the call, do your job, no excuses.”This is just going to be part of what you got to do. You take the ball every fifth time,” Scherzer told reporters after the game, per The Washington Post . He said he felt “zero” pain on the mound and minimal discomfort. Scherzer also said he would have lobbied to stay in if the break had occurred during a game.Nats second baseman Brian Dozier was of a similar mind.”Well, I hate to kind of undercut it by any means,” Dozier said, per the Post, “but we expect that from him.”last_img read more