NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 A1.04-8768
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Prognostics and Decision Making
PROPOSAL TITLE: Handheld Electronics EHM Sensor Probe for Determination of Remaining Useful Life

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nokomis, Inc.
310 5th Street
Charleroi, PA 15022 - 1517
(724) 483-3946

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
William Anthony Davis
wdavis@nokomisinc.com
5330 Heatherdowns Blvd
Toledo, OH 43614 - 4649
(419) 866-0936

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gena Johnson
gjohnson@nokomisinc.com
310 5th Street
Charleroi, PA 15022 - 1517
(724) 483-3946

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Prognostics and Decision Making is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
National Aeronautical and Space Administration's (NASA) Aviation Safety Program "seeks capabilities furthering the practice of proactive safety management." Specifically, one of the key interests in Topic A1.04 are proposals for Remaining Useful Life prediction techniques. In response, Nokomis is proposing to develop an Electronic Health Monitoring (EHM) Sensor Unit which would be able provide accurate estimates of the Remaining Useful Life of avionic systems. This sensor module would identify changes in the unintended electronic emissions of various flight-system electronic components to determine the current health state and predict the future reliability of the scanned system. Designed as a handheld unit which would allow for system scans of components while installed in the aircraft, the EHM Sensor Unit would be capable of scanning and returning results in as little as 3 seconds per system scanned. This speed would allow for frequent maintenance monitoring, including during the brief turnaround periods experienced at the gate. This technology would allow NASA, as well as flight-system and aviation maintenance providers, to better monitor the electronic health of these critical avionic components, as well as better predict their future lifespan, allowing for systems to be repaired or replaced prior to an unanticipated failure.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The intended application is to augment the Aviation Safety Program's (AvSP) ability to improve upon overall aviation safety throughout the industry. These sensor systems would meet the AvSP goal of seeking capabilities furthering the practice of proactive safety management. This technology would provide the AvSP with a powerful useful tool for the determination of Electronic Health and prediction of Remaining Useful Life of avionics. Additional applications within NASA extend to the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) and Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD). Both the IVHM and ESMD applications for this technology would extend to the monitoring of Electronic Health of systems in both manned and unmanned space vehicles. For unmanned vehicles, the proposed technology can be adapted as an integrated sensor, while manned vehicles could support both an integrated and the handheld systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Other potential applications outside of NASA and the aviation industry include any industry where premature detection of potential electronic failure would be of benefit. Specifically, high-reliability industries, such as the defense, space, medical, and automotive electronics industries would be able to immediately apply this technology. Defense applications extend to the periodic monitoring of long-term storage weapon systems, as well as maintenance monitoring of avionic systems. For medical applications, monitoring of the electronic health of implantable electronics would be possible with this technology. Commercial Space and automotive applications would be similar to those of the general aviation industry, allowing for monitoring and maintenance of key electronic systems prior to complete failure.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Diagnostics/Prognostics
Electromagnetic
Quality/Reliability

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