Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5027
Agency Tracking Number: F061-097-2003
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-097
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Austin
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 raustin@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Many nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) systems are available today, but currently lacking is a suite of algorithms to automatically analyze their data. Users are responsible for interpreting the data, which is not only significantly costlier in terms of time and effort but is extremely subjective. TRI/Austin proposes the development of a suit of damage assessment algorithms, designed to read raw NDE/SHM data, analyze it, and provide an assessment of not only the severity but also the location of the damage and also to recommend a course of corrective action. Our efforts will build on our existing software library which already contains several NDE/SHM assessment modules; new modules to detect fiber breakage, delaminations, and other composite damage will be developed and directly plugged in to our NDE/SHM system. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the alpha versions of the algorithms. In Phase II, we further refine the software towards a complete commercial solution for the Air Force.

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