Optical Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) Lifing Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-2640
Agency Tracking Number: F061-163-1186
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF06-163
Solitcitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
SOUTHWEST SCIENCES, INC.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Duns: 153579891
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrei Vakhtin
 Senior Research Scientist
 (505) 984-1322
 avakhtin@swsciences.com
Business Contact
 Alan Stanton
Title: President
Phone: (505) 984-1322
Email: astanton@swsciences.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Thermal barrier coatings (TBC’s) are widely used in aircraft engines to protect metal components from high operating temperatures in order to improve the durability and engine efficiency. Since coating spallation can lead to premature component failure, it is highly desirable to have a non-destructive inspection (NDI) technique to detect early damage of TBC and assess the remaining life. Southwest Sciences in collaboration with the University of Connecticut proposes an innovative approach that utilizes a combination of optical methods as a means of NDI of TBC’s. The measured characteristics will be used as input parameters for the TBC life predicting theory, providing the TBC remaining life assessment. The Phase I effort will provide experimental evidence of the feasibility of this approach and outline the design of the Phase II prototype instrument.

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