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Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79028
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-097-3803
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerobotix, Inc
125 Jetplex Circle Madison, AL 35758-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5055
Award Amount: $99,318.00
 

Abstract:

Current survivability and engineering requirements for airframe platforms necessitate the automated application of specialty coatings to the composite inlet duct OML surface. The specialty coatings have tight specification tolerances for the final thickness. Current equipment does not allow for accurate measuring of the specialty coatings. Measurement techniques and equipment need to be developed and tested to verify the application process achieves engineering requirements. The non-contact method of coating thickness measurement is a technology that allows for thickness measurements of the multiple specialty coatings applied over composite parts. Northrop Grumman Corporation has developed a non destructive, non contact measurement system which is a Dielectric Waveguide Arch (DWA). The DWA emits electromagnetic radiation at a specific frequency and receives the return signal from the article under test. The return signal can then be processed to provide the electromagnetic performance of the material under test. With proper calibration, the electromagnetic performance can be processed and converted to a coating thickness.

Principal Investigator:

Kirk McLauchlin
President/Director of Engineering
2567729035
kirk.mclauchlin@aerobotix.net

Business Contact:

Kirk McLauchlin
President
2567729035
kirk.mclauchlin@aerobotix.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROBOTIX, INC.
351-F Electronics Blvd Huntsville, AL 35824

EIN/Tax ID: 202200038
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No