NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 X4.04-9795
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Composite Structures - NDE/Structures Health Monitoring
PROPOSAL TITLE: Flexible High Energy-Conversion Sensing Materials for Structural Health Monitoring

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
SmartWear, LLC
1802 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite E
Santa Monica, CA 90405 - 4947
(310) 383-8524

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michael Pottenger
mpottenger@smartwearllc.com
1802 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite E
Santa Monica, CA 90405 - 4947
(310) 383-8524

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The applicant is developing flexible highly-efficient piezoelectric materials for use in structural health monitoring (SHM) as contemplated in the solicitation topic. Phase I will demonstrate and verify the superior properties and sensing performance of these innovative materials, utilizing commercially available piezoelectric materials as a baseline for comparison. The proposed materials may have widespread application for sensing and monitoring vehicle and structure vibration and strain loading. The specific solution proposed by the applicant simultaneously solves several problems common to SHM systems, including the ability to easily realize distributed sensing networks; reduction or elimination of additional wiring and electrical power; minimal increase in vehicle or structure weight. Phase I will focus on the characterization and demonstration of the new sensing materials as they represent the primary technical innovation. Phase II would expand the project to a complete SHM system, combining the sensing materials developed in Phase I with data collection and reduction algorithms.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed materials could have widespread application in airframe construction to provide structural integrity monitoring, vibration damping, passive impact detection and/or energy harvesting capability. These materials could be added to all manner of space or air vehicles and structures.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed materials could have widespread application in airframe construction to provide structural integrity monitoring, vibration damping, passive impact detection and/or energy harvesting capability. These materials could be added to all manner of space or air vehicles, as well as non-aerospace applications such as ground vehicles, buildings, bridges and roadways. All of these represent dual-use or multi-use opportunities: NASA, DoD, other government agencies (e.g. DoT), industrial and commercial.

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.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Composites
Multifunctional/Smart Materials
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors


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