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Enhanced Eddy Current Nondestructive Inspection Capability for Corrosion and Crack Detection of Aerospace Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0200
Agency Tracking Number: N061-020-0688a
Amount: $760,444.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-020
Solicitation Number: 06.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-16
Small Business Information
121 Bartlett Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
United States
DUNS: 018791827
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Neil J. Goldfine Dr. Neil J. Goldfine
 President and Chief Engineer
 (617) 901-2462
Business Contact
 Zachary Thomas
Phone: (781) 373-9722
Research Institution

This SBIR Phase II.5 program is aimed at reducing the vulnerability and enhancing the survivability of multiple aircraft platforms with specific interest in detecting second layer corrosion/material loss and second layer fatigue cracking in relatively thin structures. Large area scanning of metallic structure for fatigue crack detection in first and second layers is of general interest, including portability to new platforms for similar features such as cracks occurring at fasteners. JENTEK’s sensor technology, which includes the MWM-Array and MR-MWM-Array, will be adapted to meet the requirements of target applications which will be identified by the Navy under the program. A robust sensing solution is desired such that the Navy can adapt and qualify the tool for additional platforms with inspection needs that are within the scope of the program, yet not directly addressed as a target application. JENTEK’s lower-cost, 7-channel jET handheld impedance instrument will be the primary platform for which corrosion and crack detection inspections will be developed. JENTEK will support the Navy’s efforts to validate and verify the performance by providing capability demonstrations, jET systems with appropriate end effectors and sensors, and training. A successful program will ready the technology for near term transition to the fleet.

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