Optical NDI of Advanced Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-08-M-0011
Agency Tracking Number: F073-117-0658
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-117
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
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
Business Contact
 Alan Stanton
Title: President
Phone: (505) 984-1322
Email: astanton@swsciences.com
Research Institution
Advanced composite materials are widely used in many aerospace structures. Although these materials possess superior mechanical properties, they are subject to various types of damage during operation. Therefore, it is highly desirable to have non-destructive inspection (NDI) tools capable of monitoring damage and water ingress in the advanced composites. Southwest Sciences proposes to use an innovative optical technique based on diffuse reflectance, which will provide fast non-destructive critical evaluation of damage and water penetration in advanced composites. The Phase I effort will demonstrate the feasibility of this approach and outline the design of the Phase II prototype instrument.

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