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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0153
Agency Tracking Number: N202-093-0448
Amount: $799,498.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N202-093
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-02-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-15
Small Business Information
142 Cara Court
Locust, NC 28097-1111
United States
DUNS: 129775834
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John High
 (704) 888-2470
Business Contact
 Brent Barbee
Phone: (704) 888-2470
Research Institution

Corrosion, fretting, and wear poses a serious threat to Navy aircraft safety and functionality. Splines on the proprotor masts of the V-22 Osprey are plagued with these issues and the process for their inspection and repair is difficult and time consuming, taking hours and requiring removal of the proprotors. United Protective Technologies (UPT) will develop the Rapid Spline Scanning System (RS3) to solve this problem and provide an easy to use, accurate inspection system that will reduce inspection and repair time by 50%, and provide data tracking capability. The inspection system will have no moving parts, and it will scan a full set of spline teeth within 3 minutes. A computer will provide viewing and analysis of the 3D results with a precision of at least 0.0005”, thus providing confidence that inspections and repairs are done correctly to ensure flight worthiness of the aircraft. To develop the RS3, UPT will draw upon its experience developing the EVIAC high-speed vision system for Black Hawk rotor blade analysis, and the R-BAT hand-held measurement device for measuring rotor blade Nickel strip wear. In addition, the core team for this project has many years of combined experience in this field. The Principle Investigator has industrial vision system experience, along with experience in statistical analysis, and reducing gage variation. Our Senior Scientist has developed image processing and analysis algorithms, and our Technical Advisor has 25 years of experience in the inspection metrology space.

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