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Detection of Corrosion Under Space Shuttle Tiles

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
51587
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA1838
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aracor
425 Lakeside Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94086 0470
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Detection of Corrosion Under Space Shuttle Tiles
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

This project will develop a practical, nondestructive inspection technique for the detection of corrosion hidden under the reusable surface insulation tiles found in thermal protection systems. This technique is based on an innovative use of x-ray interactions to discriminate low levels of corrosion from airframe structural materials, such as magnesium, aluminum, and titanium alloys. A second innovation in detection greatly speeds up the measurement and reduces the cost. This results in an accurate measurement of low level corrosion at rates approaching a few seconds point. Phase I will empirically demonstrate the sensitivity and throughput using a breadboard instrument and realistic thermal protection system configurations. Phase II will develop a prototype of the instrument and demonstrate the ability to inspect large areas for hidden corrosion.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jerel 1. Smith
Senior Staff Scientist
4087337780
smith@aracor.com

Business Contact:

Mr. LeBaker
VP Finance and Administration
4087337780
armistead@aracor.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ARACOR
425 Lakeside Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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