October 14, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics received the Best Demonstration Award at the 2014 Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Conference held in Dallas, September 29 – October 2, 2014. At the conference Prime Photonics demonstrated their fiber optic sensor-based FOCIS™ Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system. The demonstration, conducted by Senior Engineer Chris Westcott, utilized a projectile (Airsoft pellet) fired into an enclosed high speed Electric Ducted Fan (EDF). FOCIS™ sensors provide data from the fan during operation, and Prime Photonics proprietary software algorithms use the data to identify the impacted blade. In the demo, impact location was verified with a high-speed digital camera. After the live demo, Mr. Westcott then provided an overview of how the results are produced and challenged the audience to accurately predict future demonstration impacts.
Foreign Object Damage is a leading cause of military aircraft Class A mishaps. On-wing engine health monitoring is expected to not only improve safety for military and commercial aircraft, but has the potential for significant operational cost savings by supporting need-based aircraft maintenance versus less efficient schedule-based maintenance programs. Prime Photonics is currently in the test and validation stage for the FOCIS™ Engine Health Monitoring system which will be capable of detecting, locating and characterizing impact damage, as well as providing on-wing diagnostics capabilities for high cycle fatigue (HCF) and other performance degraders.
About Prime Photonics
Prime Photonics develops and manufactures sensors and devices for use in extreme environment applications within the defense, aerospace, industrial and energy market sectors. Prime Photonics was founded in 1999 and is headquartered at 1116 S. Main Street, Blacksburg, VA.