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Phased array ultrasonic aircraft fatigue damage inspection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
93208
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-246-1316
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Phased array ultrasonic aircraft fatigue damage inspection
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8501-09-P-0112
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The practice of removing aircraft from service and disassembling parts of its structure for periodic inspection negatively impacts readiness and leads to high sustainment costs. Using Acoustic Ideas''''''''s uniquely powerful and versatile phased array technology we will develop a novel inspection method that does not require disassembly. Multiple layers, large thicknesses, dissimilar metals, sealant, geometrical complexities, and usability requirements have stumped all previous attempts. Our proposal describes in more detail why the unique features of our phased array technology can meet all the challenges of this difficult inspection problem. BENEFIT: The need for inspection around fasteners in multiple layer structures affects thousands of U.S. Air Force aircraft. Enormous cost and logistical savings will result across a large number of aircraft programs in the Air Force. The worldwide commercial aicraft fleet also offers exciting opportunities for commercialization.

Principal Investigator:

Vincent Lupien
President
7816218228
vincent.lupien@acousticideas.com

Business Contact:

Vincent Lupien
President
7816218228
vincent.lupien@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