Invocon has developed technologies for diverse, customer specific applications: in space, under water, in tunnels, on aircraft, in tires, on gears... This page introduces a few of these applications and describes how Invocon technologies have been utilized for application-specific data acquisition.
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Invocon produces a variety of control, power and monitoring solutions for rocket and missile applications. These are flight qualified devices for safe and reliable control and monitoring of ordnance and various flight events. These include Multichannel Event Sequencers, Capacitive Discharge Initiator (CDI) Modules, Lithium Ion Polymer Smart Batteries, and Kinetic Impact Position Systems. Below are some of the available technology profiles:
NASA is currently using 44 Enhanced Wide-Band MicroTAU (EWB MicroTAU) units to monitor the RCC panels on the wing leading edges of the Shuttle. This system was developed for NASA to detect impacts from foam during ascent and Micro-Meteroids and Orbital Debris (MM/OD) during space operation. As of December 2006, the system has successfully flown four times.
NASA utilized the Wide-Band Micro-Miniature Tri-Axial Accelerometer Unit, WB MicroTAU, to monitor a series of foam impact tests simulating the launch impact event on the Space Shuttle Columbia in early 2003. During this testing, 14 tri-axial units were located in and around the target articles and recorded impact signatures at 20,000Hz from each accelerometer.
The Micro-miniature Wireless Instrumentation (MicroWIS) System was used by a university in Houston, Texas, to study stresses on a local bridge during construction and testing. The application stemmed from concerns that significant portions of a bridge’s useful life may actually be expended in the construction process due to inadequate support of its members during handling and installation.
The Micro-miniature Wireless Instrumentation System (MicroWIS) has been used to monitor external grout pressure during construction of two tunnels in the Netherlands. Grout pressure determines the amount of grout that is deposited on the outside of the tunnel and influences the amount of settling that occurs at the surface. This is critical for maintaining the integrity of both the tunnel and nearby structures.
The Multiple-Input Tiny, Enhanced Wireless Instrumentation System, MITE WIS, is currently being used to monitor repaired concrete sections of the Westerschelde Tunnel in the Netherlands. The MITE WIS units help detect problems in the repairs to the sections that have been covered by a layer of high-temperature fireproofing.
Invocon has provided NASA multiple solutions for applications ranging from instrumentation for prototype testing to vehicle health monitoring on ISS and Shuttle missions.