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Comprehensive Inspection of Turbine Hot Section Blades and Vanes Using Active…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
77079
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-011-0495
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.
845 Livernois Street Ferndale, MI 48220-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Comprehensive Inspection of Turbine Hot Section Blades and Vanes Using Active Thermography
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0274
Award Amount: $374,977.00
 

Abstract:

Comprehensive nondestructive Inspection (NDI) of aircraft turbine blades and vanes currently involves a sequence of separate inspections that may involve flow measurement, radiography, ultrasound and wire testing. The process is time-consuming and expensive, and several key inspections rely on subjective visual testing by a human operator. In Phase I, we demonstrated that the entire suite of critical inspections could be performed using various implementations of thermography. In Phase II, we will build upon these results and develop a thermographic inspection station that is capable of performing all critical blade and vane NDI in a single pass. The inspection station will require only a single operator, trained in thermography, and will replace several current inspection steps. The inspection station will improve on current methods for detecting internal blockages using a novel hybrid technique that was developed in Phase I.

Principal Investigator:

Steven Shepard
President - Thermal Wave Imaging
2484143730
sshepard@thermalwave.com

Business Contact:

Rebeca Simpson
Financial Manager
2484143730
bsimpson@thermalwave.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

THERMAL WAVE IMAGING, INC.
845 Livernois Street Ferndale, MI 48220

EIN/Tax ID: 383076506
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
IOWA STATE UNIV.
101 ASC - III
Ames, IA 50011-5225
Contact: Stephen Holland
Contact Phone: (515) 294-5225
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university