Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Maintenance and Life Management

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-2876
Award Id:
86915
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-056-0097
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6688 Kinsman Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
170204825
Principal Investigator:
Jerry Griffin
V.P. Engineering
(412) 398-0643
Jerry.Griffin@bladediagnostics.com
Business Contact:
Linda Griffin
CEO
(412) 398-0643
Linda.Griffin@bladediagnostics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Blade Diagnostics Corporation will integrate a new capability into its Mistuning Inspection Machine so that the effect of aerodynamic as well as structural mistuning can be evaluated when inspecting blend repairs on the F119 1st stage fan. This Smart BlendTM technology will transform the MIM into a virtual engine test for blended blades. Consequently, at the end of this effort a technology will be in place that will allow the DoD to use relatively low cost blending operations to repair a larger number of IBRs/Blisks while reducing the likelihood of HCF failure from mistuning. This capability fits directly with the goals of the DoD's VAATE program and the P-SAR initiative. With Pratt &Whitney as an active participant in the program, there is every expectation that the capability developed in this SBIR will be promptly transitioned to operational service to meet what are already important Air Force needs. The proposed technology has dual use potential in that it can also be applied to commercial as well as military engines.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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