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Automated Blade Repair System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-17-C-5061
Agency Tracking Number: F161-117-1111
Amount: $749,867.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF161-117
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-30
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Kynor
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

High pressure compressor blades are subject to damage due to debris strikes and warping due to the elevated pressures and temperatures within the engine. Blade repair is currently performed manually using grinding to blend out the damaged regions. Reliance on manual grinding operations requires highly skilled operators, fails to reach the optimal blade shape, lacks repeatability, and is extremely time consuming and expensive. Creare proposes to develop an Automated Blade Repair System (ABRS) incorporating automated defect detection and repair of different types of defects with a high degree of repeatability. Our system integrates several novel technologies to provide a solution that is extremely well suited for use in the military and commercial depot environment.

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