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Non-Destructive Evaluation / Inspection (NDE/NDI) for Aero Turbine Hot Section Castings and Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0291
Agency Tracking Number: N064-011-0271
Amount: $99,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T011
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-31
Small Business Information
2851 Commerce Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Heyman
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 552-5128
Business Contact
 Michael Pruzan
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (540) 552-5128
Research Institution
 David Richardson
460 Turner Street, Suite 306
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States

 (540) 231-5281
 Nonprofit College or University

Luna Innovations Incorporated will conduct a feasibility study of a non-linear, ultrasonic, non-destructive method of evaluating heat transfer and structural characterization of gas turbine engine hot section parts. The proposed concept is a novel ultrasonic measurement which will be used to determine change in heat flux for determining heat transfer. An ultrasonic transducer will be used for the materials characterization as well as the NDI for flaws and structural characteristics. The measurement system will be able to scan a turbine airfoil or hot section component and provide digital indications of heat transfer and internal defects in the parts. The system would be able to scan each part completely for defects as well as blockages in cooling lines while also determining heat transfer characteristics. Current methods are labor intensive, complex, expensive, and provide limited resolution. Luna's concept provides detailed flaw detection and performance evaluation with limited user interaction.BENEFITS: Blockages of cooling lines in turbine airfoils and hot section components can cause severe damage to aircraft components and can lead to failures. The turbines often operate in extreme environmental conditions which can bring the air around parts to temperatures above their melting points so it becomes extremely important to ensure that all of the intricate cooling lines are unblocked and defect free, to ensure proper heat transfer. The proposed method could be applied to commercial aircraft as well as other engine parts that are exposed to extreme thermal and pressurized environments. The technique has the potential to be extended to the field for tests in place.

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