Nondestructive Inspection for Aircraft Fatigue Damage

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,994.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8501-04-M-0137
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-273-1378
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-273
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
BOSTON APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
150H New Boston Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114584175
Principal Investigator:
Linsheng Fan
Sr. Engineer
(781) 935-2800
lfan@bostonati.com
Business Contact:
Hua Jiang
President and CEO
(781) 935-2800
hjiang@bostonati.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a need in Air Force to inspect for fatigue cracks in multi-layer metallic structures in an aging aircraft. High resolution, high accuracy imaging and easy operation are key characteristics required in developing new NDE technology for evaluating large objects. Current x-ray backscattering technology (XBT) is not adequate to provide satisfactory results for Air Force's mission. A revolutionary approach is needed. In this proposal, Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated (BATI) proposes a low cost and high performance solution by developing a Flash X-ray Backscatter NDE system to solve the problems current XBT systems are suffering from. In the approach several innovative techniques will be implemented. The proposed technology will be able to deliver much higher x-ray peak power for NDE with higher signal to noise ratio, however, consumes much less power (resource) to perform the duty. Therefore, it is a superior solution for NDE. We believe the proposed system will have great performance and provide an ultimate solution to Air Force's aircraft health management mission, as well as to many other applications including industrial and medical, and homeland security applications.

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