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THERMAL TILE BOND INSPECTION BY GAMMA RAY SCATTERING

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10557
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10557
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Spire Corporation
One Patriots Park Bedford, MA 01730-2396
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: THERMAL TILE BOND INSPECTION BY GAMMA RAY SCATTERING
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

EXTERNAL THERMAL PROTECTION FOR THE SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM ORBITER IS PROVIDED BY SPECIALLY MACHINED INSULATING TILES WHICH ARE INDIVIDUALLY MOUNTED BY ADHESIVE BONDING TO THE OUTER SKIN. DURING APPLICATION THE ADHESIVE MAY CRACK, FORM VOIDS, OR SIMPLY FAIL TO BOND TIGHTLY TO THE SURFACE. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO RELIABLE NONDESTRUCTIVE TECHNIQUES TODETERMINE THE EXISTENCE OR SIZE OF BONDING DEFECTS. PHASE I RESEARCH WILL EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF FINDING A POSSIBLE REMEDY IN GAMMA RAY SCATTER COUNTING, A FORM OF RADIOMETRY WIDELY USED TO MEASURE THICKNESS AND COMPOSITION OF THIN FILM COATINGS. UNLIKE CONVENTIONAL RADIOGRAPHY OR RADIOMETRY, GAMMA SCATTERING REQUIRES ACCESS TO JUST ONE SURFACE, AND THROUGH PROPER COLLIMATION CAN BE MADE TO IGNORE SURFACE FEATURES, SENSING ONLY DEFECTS IN A LAYER DEEP UNDER THE SURFACE. THE APPARATUS FOR SCANNING THESE DEEP LAYERS CAN BE MADE EXTREMELY RUGGED AND LIGHTWEIGHT; DETECTORS AND ELECTRONICS SIMILAR TO THOSE REQUIRED FOR A HAND-HELD INSPECTION UNIT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY BOOSTED INTO SPACE. IN PHASE I A BREADBOARD GAMMA SCATTER UNIT WILL BE TESTED FOR CAPABILITY OF CHARACTERIZING CONDITION OF A LAYER OF ADHESIVE MATERIAL. A PROTOTYPE INSPECTION DEVICE WILL BE DEVELOPED IN PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Charles C Blatchley Ph D
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Spire Corp
Patriots Pk Bedford, MA 01730

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No