Cradle-to-Grave Monitoring of Composite Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,950.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNL08AA04C
Award Id:
83882
Agency Tracking Number:
066641
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106823607
Principal Investigator:
Shiv Joshi
Principal Investigator
(310) 626-8360
sjoshi@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact:
Zoltan Feher
Business Official
(310) 626-8384
zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NextGen Aeronautics, after achieving promising results in Phase I, is proposing a simple yet powerful damage identification technique for honeycomb advanced composite structures in Phase II. The proposed Phase II program is focused to achieve at least TRL of 5 and quickly commercialize technology in Phase III. The specific objectives are: 1) Improve Raleigh ýýLamb (RL) wave based statistical detection technology; 2) Reduce NDE time by field usable automated data collection; 3) Develop end-to-end system software; 4) Develop detailed early commercialization plan. The Phase II development will provide a significant improvement in functionality of the system and put strong emphasis on process automation. NextGen is pursuing teaming arrangement with Boeing and Northrop Grumman to test the proposed system in realistic environment. During Phase I, the NextGen team established feasibility of the proposed system by evaluating it on a honeycomb plate, a common construction used in many secondary structures of aircraft. NextGen has chosen an outstanding team that has considerable prior experience, an in-depth understanding of damage modes in advanced composite structures, and comprehensive knowledge of damage detection techniques. Our team's combined expertise in health monitoring systems and our relationship with system integrators will ensure near-term technology transition.

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