Integrated Hybrid Structural Management System

The Integrated Hybrid Structural Management System Future Naval Capability (FNC) program will provide integrated global and local structural health monitoring technologies and advanced modeling capabilities that can be transitioned to Navy and Marine Corps rotorcraft.

This effort will develop and demonstrate a network of small, wired and wireless energy harvesting sensors distributed throughout a helicopter's metal and composite structure. The system will gather and report strain, vibration, temperature and environmental data to a central processor for monitoring loads and environmental degradation to determine aircraft structural life and health.

Substantial cost savings and safety, readiness and operations enhancements may include:

  • Extended parts' flight hour life and reduced maintenance through direct usage monitoring
  • Enhanced safety and reduced reactive maintenance through early damage detection
  • Enhanced safety and operational capabilities through preflight and real-time, in-flight knowledge of weight and center of gravity
  • More comprehensive understanding of the vehicle's failure modes
  • Potential for real-time flight control corrective action input in case of overstress or battle damage encounters

Program Contact Information

Name: Kenneth Heeke

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 35

Division: Air Warfare and Naval Weapons Applications


Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street, Rm. 1133
Arlington, Va. 22203

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