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Integrated Process Monitoring Software and Multi-Sensor Suite for Improved Reliability in Wire-Fed AM

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0664
Agency Tracking Number: 206302
Amount: $122,531.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z4
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-01
Small Business Information
104 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01605-1703
United States
DUNS: 080880428
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sean Langan
 (224) 406-4536
Business Contact
 Sean Langan
Title: slangan
Phone: (224) 406-4536
Research Institution

A fundamental problem with materials and manufacturing at NASA is the need to rapidly, repeatably, and cost-effectively manufacture unique, defect-free, complex parts to build spacecraft at a wide range of size scales. Space vehicles must ensure safety and reliability throughout missions, the durations of which are ever-increasing as the bounds of space are pushed. Therefore, each component used in these vehicles must start with and maintain critical levels of structural integrity.Additive manufacturing (AM) processes offer a solution to the challenges of manufacturing unique, complex parts rapidly, but can be expensive and error-prone. Powder-based AM processes use expensive and oftentimes hazardous feedstock and produce large amounts of waste material. Wire-based AM processes solve these problems, but are still limited in relation to repeatability, reliability, and the need for inspection to identify defects that significantly reduce part performance.Solvus Globalrsquo;s proposed solution is to implement a detection and feedback monitoring software integrated with multiple sensors for defect detection, enabling maximum information and decision-making power for wire-fed AM processes, specifically the high deposition rate Wire Arc AM (WAAM). Solvus Global will utilize their existing AM process monitoring platform, APEX, to collect, store and analyze data from WAAM process parameters and the integrated sensor-suite including laser profilometry and thermal imaging for surface monitoring, arc health analysis, and wire resistivity for feedstock quality assurance. When correlated to process parameters, these methods will improve the consistency of AM processes and establish the foundation for closed-loop control with real-time defect correction. Through this work, Solvus Global will prove the feasibility of using the proposed sensor suite for real-time defect detection during WAAM processing and will determine the path forward towards real-time correction of defects.

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