NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 A2.01-7127
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Flight Test and Measurements Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: RF Emission-Based Health Monitoring for Hybrid and/or All Electric Aircraft Distributed Propulsion S

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 A Davis
5330 Heatherdowns Blvd., Ste 209
Toledo, OH 43614 - 4644
(724) 483-3946

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

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Flight Test and Measurements Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Future aircraft propulsion is destined to be electric.

All electric aircraft propulsion systems promise significant improvements in energy efficiency, maneuverability, safety, reliability, reduced maintenance costs, noise reduction, higher lift, shorter takeoff, and other factors. NASA's LEAPtech technology is the major departure from the current state-of-art aircraft vehicle/engine design, possibly enabling unprecedented performance and design flexibility...and [can] maximize total vehicle performance. This offers new opportunities to monitor aircraft propulsion components, on the ground or continuously in-flight.

Nokomis has developed and installed a system for testing electronic components for Air Force procurement and maintenance spanning non-contact measurement of electronic part degradation, part aging and predicting onset of part failure. We propose a system whereby Electromechanical Health and Remaining Useful Life (RUL) can be determined real-time in-flight using motor's unintended Radio Frequency emissions, making flight testing such aircraft safer, and detecting dangerous conditions before they materialize.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This technology is intended for use by the LEAPtech Program, especially directed towards anticipating safety issues and improving overall performance of this platform.

Additional programs which could benefit from the technology proposed include the Integrated Vehicle Health Management effort (IVHM), originated by NASA but now also supported by Boeing, Cranfield University, and other large industry leaders, and the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) for ensuring reliability of equipment in support of both human and robotic exploration programs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There exists continued developmental efforts and sales volume in the automotive industry of hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Future efforts towards autonomous operation demand the development of technologies to ensure the safety margin and reliability for such vehicles.

Other potential industries include elevator manufacturers, robotics providers and the defense industry to avoid system failures in motor drive systems and improve maintenance.

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.)
Actuators & Motors
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Lifetime Testing
Machines/Mechanical Subsystems
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)

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