The Intelligent Distributed and Ubiquitous Health Management System will directly support health monitoring and management of NASA test facilities and widely distributed support systems. The integration of the system into NASA SSC rocket engine test stands will immediately benefit the Integrated System Health Management (ISHM) program by providing powerful FDI and wireless networking capabilities. This includes the monitoring of valves in propellant delivery systems, cooling water lines, etc. Another example is the remote monitoring of vacuum lines as part of the low pressure and low cryogenic temperature A3 test stand at NASA SSC. Possible applications outside of SSC involve the health monitoring of test facility support systems at Glen Research Center, for example, vacuum line monitoring at the zero gravity research facility, as well as usage in wind tunnel test facilities such as those at Ames Research Center and Langley Research Center.
One of the main objectives of this STTR is the commercialization of the project's research results and introduction of a commercialized product into the marketplace (both civilian and military). The IDU-HMS will provide an integral solution for health monitoring and CBM applications in a variety of systems. Specific uses include: (1) heating and cooling systems in expansive commercial facilities; (2) support systems in nuclear power plants (cooling lines, gas pressurization lines, and so on) as well as other power plant types (fossil fuels, geothermal power, hydroelectric, etc.); (3) general manufacturing environments in need of FDI and CBM capabilities; (4) industrial environments that require the proper operation of fluid flow systems (e.g. refrigerant for cooling, hydraulic power systems, etc.); and (5) natural gas pipelines and other gas delivery systems.