Health Management of High Temperature Polymer Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-5049
Agency Tracking Number: F071-127-2203
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-127
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
2925 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
DUNS: 788133387
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Zimdars
 Mgr of Terahertz Research/Dev
 (734) 864-5639
 dzimdars@picometrix.com
Business Contact
 Robin Risser
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (734) 864-5605
Email: rrisser@picometrix.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to investigate the feasibility of using time domain terahertz (THz or T-Ray) imaging to detect and map aging of high temperature polymer matrix composites (HTPMCs) used in advanced aerospace structural systems. We will experimentally demonstrate the ability of T-Ray measurement and imaging to provide rapid, quantitative, non-contact measurements of aging behavior in neat resin specimens. This recognition ability will be further detailed into the separate measurements possible with a single T-Ray image: porosity, cracking, densification, spectroscopy, and layer determination. We will describe the accuracy of each of these measurements, and specify the critical design parameters for a lightweight, field usable instrument for composite aging characterization, based on Picometrix’ commercialized fiber optic driven T-Ray non-destructive evaluation systems and components.

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