Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Lifing Technology using In-Situ Luminescence Imaging of Embedded Thermographic Phosphors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-2653
Agency Tracking Number: F061-163-0029
Amount: $99,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-163
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
DUNS: 188465819
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bauke Heeg
 Senior Scientist
 (949) 553-0688
Business Contact
 Cecil Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Research Institution
Since the remnant life of a thermal barrier coating (TBC) structure depends critically on the temperature history at the TBC/bondcoat interface, the development of viable lifing prognostics requires instrumentation to obtain accurate interface temperature data as input to life models. Such data is preferably obtained in real time and with sufficient spatial resolution to identify hot-spots. New advances in embedding thermographic phosphors within the very crystal structure of real TBC materials, and at sufficiently dilute concentrations not to affect the TBC microstructure, provide an opportunity for the first time to monitor temperature at the interface, in real-time, under realistic engine operation conditions. In this proposal we outline a plan to address TBC lifing in terms of a crucial combination of materials development, optical sensor instrumentation and life modeling. The materials science is being pioneered at the University of California Santa Barbara, which forms the basis of this proposal. During Phase I we will determine the feasible instrument requirements for interface temperature imaging, test a suitable lifing model, demonstrate the measurement concept and design a prototype to be developed during Phase II and tested in a thermal gradient burner rig.

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