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

Tod R. Emigh age, 49

first_imgTod R. Emigh, age 49, of Brookville, Indiana died unexpectedly Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his residence.Born August 10, 1966 in Oxford, Ohio he was the son of Lewis & Lenoris M. (Canter) Emigh. He was a graduate of the former Brookville High School in Brookville, and attended Vincennes University, where he graduated with his Associates Degree. He was employed in the Telecommunications field for many years and currently worked for Cyrus One. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and also golfing. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brookville, as well as the Brook Hill Golf Club.Survivors include his son, Hunter Emigh of Brookville; Hunter’s brother, Tom Wory of Bright, Indiana; his father Lewis Emigh of Brookville, Indiana; a sister, Melanie Swartz of Shelbyville, Indiana and a brother, Kim Emigh of Rowlett, Texas.He was preceded in death by his mother, Lenoris M. Emigh who died July 2, 2013 as well as a brother, Scott Robert Emigh who died March 28, 1964.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Kevin Waltz of the Emmanuel Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 11:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana Memorial contributions may be directed to the Emmanuel Baptist Church or the Brook Hill Golf Club. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Emigh, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.philllipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

English Hill Road closed for repairs

first_imgBrookville, IN—According to the Franklin County Highway Department, English Hill Road will be closed just east of Volk Road all week for repairs.last_img