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Ultrasonic phased array inspection of aircraft turbine engine components

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
57569
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
021ML-0322
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ACOUSTIC IDEAS, INC.
27 Eaton Street Wakefield, MA 01880
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Ultrasonic phased array inspection of aircraft turbine engine components
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-04-C-5218
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

As a cost avoidance measure against expensive replacement of certain life-limiting components of turbine engines, the Engine Rotor Life Extension (ERLE) program was conceived by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to extend component life without increasing the risk of component failure. Nondestructive evaluation is one of many important components of ERLE which, if successfully implemented, will lead to an estimated $600 Million in savings over five years. In this Phase II SBIR effort, Acoustic Ideas, Inc. will contribute to enhanced nondestructive evaluation of embedded defects employing phased array ultrasound by working within the Turbine Engine Sustainment Initiative (TESI), a component of ERLE. Through proprietary Acoustic Ideas technology, the optimized use of phased array ultrasound in this effort is expected to lead to reduced detection limits, expansion of the inspection window to currently uninspectable geometries, and reduced inspection times.

Principal Investigator:

Vincent Lupien
7816218228
vhlupien@acousticideas.com

Business Contact:

Vincent Lupien
7816218228
vhlupien@acousticideas.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ACOUSTIC IDEAS, INC.
27 Eaton Street Wakefield, MA 01880

EIN/Tax ID: 043554527
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No