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Optical Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) Lifing Technology

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79320
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-163-1186
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Optical Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) Lifing Technology
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-06-M-2640
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Thermal barrier coatings (TBC's) are widely used in aircraft engines to protect metal components from high operating temperatures in order to improve the durability and engine efficiency. Since coating spallation can lead to premature component failure, it is highly desirable to have a non-destructive inspection (NDI) technique to detect early damage of TBC and assess the remaining life. Southwest Sciences in collaboration with the University of Connecticut proposes an innovative approach that utilizes a combination of optical methods as a means of NDI of TBC's. The measured characteristics will be used as input parameters for the TBC life predicting theory, providing the TBC remaining life assessment. The Phase I effort will provide experimental evidence of the feasibility of this approach and outline the design of the Phase II prototype instrument.

Principal Investigator:

Andrei B. Vakhtin
Senior Research Scientist
5059841322
avakhtin@swsciences.com

Business Contact:

Alan C. Stanton
President
5059841322
astanton@swsciences.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SOUTHWEST SCIENCES, INC.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505

EIN/Tax ID: 850340320
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No