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

OA Boys Basketball Schedule Update

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Boys basketball game (2-9) at Triton Central has been moved to (2/7) at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse as part of the Hoosier Invitational! This showcase will feature 8 SE Indiana teams competing throughout the day. OA will open the day as the road team vs Triton Central at 2:15 PM. Games following will feature Indian Creek and Edinburgh, East Central and Columbus North, and New Palestine and Mooresville.Discounted tickets are available through the OA Athletics office. Contact AD Nathan Dilts (812-934-4440 x. 228, ndilts@oldenburgacademy.org) to purchase. Adult tickets will be $12, while students age 12 and Under will be $8. Tickets will also be available at the door for the increased rate of $14 per ticket.Come out and support the OA Boys Basketball team as they participate in what is sure to be a fun and fantastic day of Southeast Indiana Basketball!Courtesy of Twisters Coach Ace Moorman and AD Nathan Dilts.last_img read more