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Company Information:

Company Name: BLADE DIAGNOSTICS CORP.
City: Pittsburgh
State: PA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (412) 398-0643

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $379,912.00 4
SBIR Phase II $2,249,923.00 3
STTR Phase I $69,992.00 1
STTR Phase II $749,993.00 1

Award List:

Field Mistuning Inspection Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew Feiner, VicePresident,Technical Development
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
Blade Diagnostics Corporation proposes to study the feasibility of developing a field mistuning tool and an associated approach for managing the mistuning problem in integrally bladed rotors (IBRs). The field inspection tool will determine the frequencies of individual blades in IBRs using the… More

Field Mistuning Inspection Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew Feiner, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Blade Diagnostics Corporation's IBR Field Mistuning Inspection System will help the DoD and engine manufacturers develop a systematic approach for assessing and managing mistuning in integrally bladed rotors (IBRs). Mistuning refers to small variations in the blade frequencies that can cause a… More

Aerodynamic/Structural Mistuning Technologies for Assessing IBR/Blisk Repairs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: DUKE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Drew Feiner, VicePresident Technical D
Award Amount: $69,992.00
RI Contact: Robert Kielb
Abstract:
New technologies for assessing how blending affects structural and aerodynamic mistuning will be developed using the combined strengths of Blade Diagnostics Corporation and Duke University. BDC has developed an approach for identifying aerodynamic mistuning from engine data that will be further… More

Identification of Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Damping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew M. Feiner, Vice President,Technical Developme
Award Amount: $99,937.00
Abstract:
Due to funding and scheduling limitations, current testing for different IBR damping techniques and treatments has been forced to be accomplished simultaneously on a single IBR. Just like IBRs in service, the rotors are mistuned and the modal response is highly coupled. Mistuning refers to the… More

Identification of Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Damping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jerry H. Griffin, Vice President of Enginee
Award Amount: $749,924.00
Abstract:
At a time when the DoD is trying to find ways to reduce costs, the use of IBRs in gas turbine engines is becoming prevalent. While they are the future, IBRs tend to be expensive components, so proper care and maintenance is both necessary and warranted. At the core of their upkeep is the… More

Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Maintenance and Life Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jerry H. Griffin, V.P. Engineering
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Blade Diagnostics Corporation will integrate a new capability into its Mistuning Inspection Machine so that the effect of aerodynamic as well as structural mistuning can be evaluated when inspecting blend repairs on the F119 1st stage fan. This Smart BlendTM technology will transform the MIM into a… More

Aerodynamic/Structural Mistuning Technologies for Assessing IBR/Blisk Repairs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: DUKE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Jerry H. Griffin, Vice President for Engineering
Award Amount: $749,993.00
RI Contact: Phillip Grosshans
Abstract:
Blade-to-blade variations in frequencies lead to the phenomenon of mistuning. Even very small amounts of mistuning can cause some blades to vibrate much more than others. Mistuning can cause an amplification of resonant response by up to 400 percent, and has been identified as a primary factor in… More

Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Maintenance and Life Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jerry H. Griffin, Vice President for Engine
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
BDC is developing a process called SMART BLEND(TM) for inspecting blended IBRs/Blisks. IBRs are susceptible to foreign object damage and blending is a relatively low cost method using machining to repair that damage. The difficulty is that blending changes the geometries of the blades so that they… More

Experimental and Analytical Techniques for the Validation of Complex Gas Turbine Engine Rotor Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jerry Griffin, Vice President for Engine – (412) 398-2914
Award Amount: $79,982.00
Abstract:
Develop a low-cost high cycle fatigue experimental and analytical capability to evaluate complex gas turbine engine rotor and airfoil systems for the purpose of component and design tool validation.