NASA STTR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-1 T1.01-9988
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Information Technologies for System Health Management, Autonomy, and Scientific Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: Integrating Prognostics in Automated Contingency Management Strategies for Advanced Aircraft Controls

NAME: Impact Technologies, LLC NAME: Georgia Tech Research Coroporation
STREET: 200 Canal View Blvd. STREET: Industry Contracting Office, 505 Tenth Street, NW
CITY: Rochester CITY: Atlanta
STATE/ZIP: NY  14623 - 2893 STATE/ZIP: GA  30318 - 5775
PHONE: (585) 424-1990 PHONE: (404) 894-6929

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gregory J Kacprzynski

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Impact Technologies, in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology, proposes to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies to integrate prognostics into Automated Contingency Management (ACM) for advanced aircraft controls. Without consideration of prognostic information, the traditional reactive fault tolerant control approaches may fail to provide optimal fault mitigation/accommodation strategies over a longer period of time. The project team will create a platform level simulation environment that demonstrates the fault propagation from the component level, using electromechanical flight actuators (EMAs) as a testbench problem, to the high level flight envelope and mission objectives. The proposed ACM system accepts input from discrete diagnostics, grayscale diagnostics and prognostic modules and will be split into a real-time reactive component and a "planning" component that considers temporal parameters and the potential impact of being proactive with mitigating action. Specifically, innovative prognostics enhanced stochastic programming and receding horizon control techniques are proposed for high and low level ACM controllers respectively. A subset of core algorithms will be implemented on embedded systems and used in hardware-in-the-loop demonstrations to justify a Technology Readiness Level of 4.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The real-time Automated Contingency Management technologies will be directly applicable to Propulsion IVHM, Crew Exploration Vehicle, Reusable Launch Vehicles, Unmanned Air Vehicles and future generation general aviation platforms. It will lead to benefits in the form of improved reliability, maintainability, and survivability of safety-critical aerospace systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The potential commercial use of the developed technologies is broad. Examples of key customers that could benefit through use of the developed technologies include: unmanned combat air vehicles, JSF, future combat systems, commercial airlines, land and marine propulsion systems, industrial actuation systems, and robotic applications. The aero propulsion domain alone has thousands of potential systems to address with this technology.

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.

Aircraft Engines
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Pilot Support Systems
Software Development Environments

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