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In-Process Cure Monitoring of Specialty Material Coatings

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2007 / SBIR
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Picometrix LLC
2925 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48104-
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: In-Process Cure Monitoring of Specialty Material Coatings
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-M-5032
Award Amount: $100,000.00


We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of a fiber optic coupled pulsed time domain terahertz (THz or T-Ray) instrument to measure aircraft specialty coatings during in-process curing. The method employed will be capable of measuring the complex dielectric constant and thickness of the coating during and after the curing process. We will experimentally investigate a polyurethane coating, and develop a method to predict the post-cure dielectric properties from the pre-cure measurements. The proposed method will be able to measure these properties on a wide variety of coating and paints. The T-Ray measurement process is suitable for both composite and metallic substrates. The reflection T-Ray sensor will have non-contact operation, with working distances adjustable from less than 1 cm up to 100 cm. Measurement will be real time, with waveforms acquired at rates up to 100 Hz. In phase II, we will construct an on-line capable prototype T-Ray coating measurement system, based on specifications determined in the Phase I project. The system will be tested under realistic conditions and delivered to the Air Force for field-testing. The proposed T-Ray reflection sensor will be freely positional, suited for hand-held use or mounted on a robot.

Principal Investigator:

David Zimdars
Mgr of Terahertz Research/Dev

Business Contact:

Robin Risser
Chief Financial Officer
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2925 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48104

EIN/Tax ID: 371508208
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No