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Verification of Coldworking and Interference Levels at Fastener Holes

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67803
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-241-2232
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TECHNOLOGY FOR ENERGY CORP.
10737 Lexington Drive Knoxville, TN 37932-0329
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Verification of Coldworking and Interference Levels at Fastener Holes
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-04-M-3429
Award Amount: $99,997.00
 

Abstract:

The residual stresses that result from coldworking a hole, or using an interference-fit fastener, can significantly increase the life of a structure subjected to fatigue loading. Manufacturing practices cause variability in the effectiveness of cold-worked holes and interference-fit fasteners. Furthermore, there currently are no 100% inspection techniques that can be used in situ on aircraft. Thus, the beneficial effects of resultant residual stresses are not accounted for in the structural analysis used for aircraft inspection intervals. TEC proposes to use advanced x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques and instrumentation to measure residual stresses at and around cold-worked holes and interference-fit fasteners. Measurements parameters will be developed to subsequently allow quick in situ inspections of aircraft. Validation of the parameters will be performed on standard samples with cold-worked holes. Residual stress data will be reviewed by VEXTEC to propose a life prediction methodology. A conceptualization of a health assessment system will be prepared. Development of the health assessment system would occur in a phase II activity.

Principal Investigator:

Beth Matlock
Senior Materials Engineer
8659665856
Beth.Matlock@tec-usa.com

Business Contact:

V. C. Bailey
Vice President
8659665856
Carol.Bailey@tec-usa.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TECHNOLOGY FOR ENERGY CORP.
10737 Lexington Drive Knoxville, TN 37932

EIN/Tax ID: 620937255
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No