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A System for Complete C130 Propeller Bore Inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0860
Agency Tracking Number: F2D-3761
Amount: $1,249,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF221-DCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-06
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1111
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas Kattamis
 (603) 640-2533
Business Contact
 Patrick Magari
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

The measurement and quality control systems used for military aircraft must be operator independent, traceable, portable, and easy to use. During C-130 Propeller refurbishment activities, CMXG inspects the complete bore to its full depth using a fixed, borescope-based system. While this system can provide photographic evidence of corrosion, pitting, and larger-scale cracking, it provides no geometric information concerning the extent of these potentially damaging artifacts for subsequent evaluation. Creare’s Total Bore Scanner (TBS) replaces the use of a borescope with a mounted scanner to scan the entire interior of the bore, providing a more flexible workflow. In addition, our TBS will produce a digital record of any internal damage to the bore that can be used in subsequent finite-element analysis tools to determine the severity of the damage and develop repair strategies. Our program plan includes four major activities: proof-of-concept-level system design and test at Creare; prototype design, fabrication, and testing; development of the design of a fully integrated TBS; and full system integration at CMXG. Critically, the proposed effort will continue the development of a “digital thread” for the maintenance and production activities, with complete digital records for each propeller inspected by CMXG.

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