Allows for the monitoring of vacuumed electronic devices using internal and external sensors
The U.S. Navy seeks to commercialize a suite of four U.S. Patents 6,667,711; 6,697,014; 6,823,736; and 7,891,078, the latter of which focuses the technologies on the primary use of acoustic emission sensors.
The 190,000+ high-power MWTs that can cost in average of $80K each are used in more than 270 different RADAR, communication, and electronic counter measure (ECM) systems. Having minimal condition-based maintenance capability and no means to identify specific component failures, MWTs are often inadvertently replaced when, in fact, another component of the system is at fault.
SSC Pacific has developed a system comprised of non-intrusive, electrically isolated, compact, and inexpensive, shielded acoustic emission sensors. These sensors can identify specific MWT component failures by detecting anomalous RF pulses within the acoustic emission signal. The signals can then be analyzed and interpreted using the already existing Integrated Condition Assessment System (ICAS), providing an easily accessible software platform. In lieu of replacing high cost MWTs, individual units can now be refurbished at an approximate cost of $20K - $50K, thereby decreasing operating expenses and increasing system readiness. Applications include communications, displays, electro-optical devices, medical equipment, and avionics.
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- SD 610, Rev. 1 July 2011. SSC Pacific, San Diego, CA 92152–5001. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.