Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Maintenance and Life Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2876
Agency Tracking Number: F081-056-0097
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-056
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
6688 Kinsman Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217
DUNS: 170204825
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Griffin
 V.P. Engineering
 (412) 398-0643
Business Contact
 Linda Griffin
Title: CEO
Phone: (412) 398-0643
Research Institution
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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