Nondestructive Detection of Fiber Waviness in Laminates

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,484.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0190
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N093-174-0592
Solicitation Topic Code:
N093-174
Small Business Information
Numerical Technology Company
120 Annie Cook Way, Roswell, GA, 30076
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
153339671
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Makeev
 President
 (404) 840-2378
 andrew.makeev@aerospace.gatech.edu
Business Contact
 Andrew Makeev
Title: President
Phone: (404) 840-2378
Email: andrew.makeev@aerospace.gatech.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Numerical Technology Company and North Star Imaging (NSI) team in this project to develop and verify a Computed Tomography (CT) based technology for accurate three-dimensional measurement and characterization of fiber waviness (wrinkles) in fiberglass/epoxy and carbon/epoxy composite structures. This team is supported by Bell Helicopter Textron who will provide the composite structures for the technology verification. The nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technology will enable: (a) ability to measure wrinkles and porosity in large structures and thick parts such as spars and yokes; and (b) automated three-dimensional wrinkle characterization. Wrinkles and porosity defects as well as their combinations contribute to structural failure. Ability to capture the shape of small wrinkles embedded deep inside a thick glass/epoxy structure as well as detect multiple wrinkles through the thickness will be verified. As wrinkle geometry and porosity distributions in the fatigue-critical composite parts are three-dimensional, accurate 3D measurement ability will be developed. The defect measurements will also converted into 3D finite element models for assessment of effects of the manufacturing defects on structural performance.

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