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Field Mistuning Inspection Tool

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73064
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-183-0433
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BLADE DIAGNOSTICS CORP.
6688 Kinsman Road Pittsburgh, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Field Mistuning Inspection Tool
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-06-C-2616
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 large amplification of vibratory response and failure from high cycle fatigue (HCF). To improve robustness and safety, these components need to be inspected to determine their mistuning characteristics so that high-response rotors can be identified and the appropriate maintenance action taken. How to test IBRs for mistuning is a relatively new but important issue, since both military and the latest generation of commercial engines makes extensive use of IBRs. A machine to measure mistuning could extend the life and help maintain safety for both commercial and military engines. Phase I successfully demonstrated the Field Mistuning Inspection System concept that the measurement machine could be integrated with a database so that measured data could be readily transferred over the internet and the data could be analyzed to extract key mistuning information which, in turn, is used to perform probabilistic analyses and risk assessment. A prototype FMIS would be developed during Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Drew Feiner
Principal Investigator
4129013467
DrewFeiner@BladeDiagnostics.com

Business Contact:

Linda N. Griffin
CEO
4123980643
LindaNGriffin@BladeDiagnostics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BLADE DIAGNOSTICS CORP.
6688 Kinsman Road Pittsburgh, PA 15217

EIN/Tax ID: 201757718
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No