Penetrant Material Waste Reduction and Process Improvement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8117-09-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: F073-106-0470
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-106
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
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
 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), proposes to conduct a POD study including obtaining brightness measurements and an over wash study in order to compare the performance of Method A and Method D penetrants as well as forms a, b, and c developers.  In addition, the TRI team will propose a method to apply and remove developers in an automated system.  In the Phase II work, TRI/Austin will manufacture crack specimens that will be inspected by TISI following guidelines from an experimental test program developed by TRI.  The TRI team will also obtain the necessary equipment for a water washable penetrant line and install at a location specified by the Air Force.  Tests requiring the use of Method A penetrant will be conducted at these facilities. The results of the Phase II tests will provide data to assess the performance of Method A penetrants and form a developers. BENEFITS: The proposed probability of detection and over wash studies will provide evidence that could possibly allow Method A penetrants and form a developers to be accepted for use in the United States Air Force.  This in turn may reduce material waste streams, decrease processing time, and minimize maintenance required for fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) processes. An improved FPI process could possibly extend the service life of aircraft components and minimize the possibility for catastrophic failure.

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