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Proposal Number: 0522013
Proposal Title: Smart Joint System for In-situ Monitoring of Buildings
Topic Number: H-SB05.2-005
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: METHODS TO DETERMINE STRUCTURAL STABILITY
Organization: Acellent Technologies, Inc.
Address: 155 C-3 Moffett Park Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1331  
Abstract: Acellent proposes to develop a smart joint structural health monitoring (SHM) sensor network that can autonomously assess in real time the structural stability of buildings. The sensor network will use piezoelectric transducers and temperature sensors to characterize damage in, and monitor the rigidity of components of the building primary structure. Acellent's existing sensor network technology will be used as the basis for the proposed development. Phase I focused on preliminary prototyping and technology demonstrations while Phase II will focus on complete system development. Innovations in Phase II will include development of a SmartDAQ sensor package that includes the piezoelectric transducers, temperature sensors, hardware, energy harvested power, battery, wireless data transmission and intelligent software. This will be used to provide a real time assessment of the building structural integrity. The data will be available for display to provide and early warning to first response and emergency personnel to ensure their safety prior to entering the building. An additional development will be to use the sensors to recognize sound and/or voice transmitted through the structure to allow search and rescue personnel to pin-point the location of survivors and determine what they are trying to say through an easy conversion to text messaging.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC070100
Period of Performance: 09/24/2007 - 08/23/2009
Award/Contract Value: $749,954.46
Award/Obligated Amount: $749,954.46