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Rapid Nondestructive Inspection of Traditionally Uninspectable Adhesively-Filled Composite Joints

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-5072
Agency Tracking Number: F18B-016-0144
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18B-T016
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-05
Small Business Information
845 Livernois Street
Ferndale, MI 48220
United States
DUNS: 877627968
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steven M Shepard
 (248) 414-3730
Business Contact
 Nicole Wilson-Tejero
Phone: (248) 414-3730
Research Institution
 Tuskegee University
 Danette Hall Danette Hall
1200 W Montgomery Road
Tuskegee Institute, AL 36088
United States

 (334) 727-8233
 Nonprofit College or University

NDI of composite Pi/T-Joints presents significant challenges to existing inspection technologies resulting in a barrier to implementation in production. We will investigate feasibility of developing an active thermography NDI solution for real-world inspection of composite structures with T / Pi- joints during the manufacturing process (both green and cured states). Based on the extensive experience we have gained working with major airframe OEMs and suppliers (including Boeing, Northrop-Grumman, Spirit Aero Systems and Lockheed-Martin) on very similar and closely related applications, we will build on “lessons learned�, and use these as guidelines for approaching dedicated T-Joint NDI.

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