Penetrant Material Waste Reduction and Process Improvement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8103-08-C-0123
Agency Tracking Number: F073-106-0470
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-106
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Forsyth
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
Conversion to water washable penetrants and use of dry powder developers shows promise to improve performance while significantly reducing waste streams by elimination of hydrophilic emulsifier and water based developer. These materials also will reduce equipment maintenance costs and costs associated with process control. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin), in collaboration with Team Industrial Services, Inc. (TISI) and AP/ES Inc., proposes to conduct a probability of detection (POD) study to document the performance of Method A penetrants and compare the results to the performance of Method D. In addition, the TRI team will document the performance of form A developers and compare to forms B and C as well as propose a method to apply and remove developers in an automated system. In the Phase I work, TRI/Austin will manufacture crack specimens that will be inspected by TISI following guidelines from an experimental POD program developed by TRI. The results of the POD study will provide data to assess the performance of Method A penetrants and form A developers.

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