Evaluation of Effects of Laser Marking for Serialization of Dynamic Aircraft Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0178
Agency Tracking Number: N061-021-0245
Amount: $79,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-021
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
MOUND LASER & PHOTONICS CENTER, INC.
P.O. Box 223, Miamisburg, OH, 45343
DUNS: 927253195
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Dosser
 President
 (937) 865-4481
 dosserlr@mlpc.com
Business Contact
 Larry Dosser
Title: President
Phone: (937) 865-4481
Email: dosserlr@mlpc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Common methods for serialization of components are often either invasive and damaging (stamping, engraving), or lack durability in a dynamic or engine environment (inking, tagging). This proposal posits that previous efforts to laser mark materials have often fallen into one of these categories due to poor process monitoring and control. Commercial laser marking systems do not generally offer the degree of mode stability, and thus consistency of marking power, necessary to avoid damage while ensuring a durable serialization mark. Nor has the relationship between laser marking power and induced damage been well studied for many aerospace and engine materials. MLPC will characterize various COTS marking systems (including the new class of Fiber Lasers) for stability, and determine relationships between laser operating parameters and induced damage for relevant materials. Marks studied will be appropriate to NALCOMIS standards. Marked materials will be studied for microscopic damage and subjected to performance evaluations in realistic environments, conducted in cooperation with a prime contractor beneficiary of the technology. GEAE will fill this role in Phase I. MLPC will use the information gained to establish specifications for laser marking workstations and protocols for durably marking materials with acceptably low or no induced damage.BENEFITS: The results of the program will meet an immediate demand of the Navy and other DoD branches for improved serialization of dynamic aircraft components. This will enable improved part management, reducing the likelihood of installation of old, damaged, or unauthorized parts in military platforms, increasing overall safety, reliability, and mission effectiveness. The techniques developed would also find application in the commercial aviation sector.

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