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Infrared Detection of Atmospheric Corrosion on Metallic Surfaces

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
26060
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
26060
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 MANNING RD BILLERICA, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Infrared Detection of Atmospheric Corrosion on Metallic Surfaces
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $79,957.00
 

Abstract:

The objectiwe of this proposal is to develop a versatile, inexpensive, and portable spectroscopic probe to quantify the atmospheric corrosion of metal surfaces on aircraft. Since many metals form insoluble salts as products of corrosion reactions, it should be possible to monitor the extent of metal corrosion by measuring the surface coverage of these products. For example, aluminum, which is a major component of aircraft, reacts with sulfate ions in acidic solutions to form insoluble aluminum hydroxysulfates. These compounds have distinctive infrared absorptions which can be monitored using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS). IRAS# which involves bouncing an infrared beam off of a reflective surface, is a highly sensitive nondestructive analytical technique for identifying and quantifying adsorbates on metal surfaces. It is capable of providing in situ information about the composition of the top few molecular layers of a surface in liquid or gaseous environments with submonolayer sensitivity.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. A. Freedman/g. N. Rob
5086639500

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

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