Comprehensive Inspection of Turbine Hot Section Blades and Vanes Using Active Thermography

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-06-M-0290
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-011-0495
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-T011
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
THERMAL WAVE IMAGING, INC.
845 Livernois Street, Ferndale, MI, 48220
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
877627968
Principal Investigator:
Steven Shepard
President
(248) 414-3730
sshepard@thermalwave.com
Business Contact:
Rebecca Simpson
Administrator
(248) 414-3730
bsimpson@thermalwave.com
Research Institution:
IOWA STATE UNIV.
Steve Holland
Office of Sponsored Programs
Ames, IA, 50011
(515) 294-5225
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
At present, turbine NDE is typically a time consuming collection of inspections that includes manual testing of holes and channels for blockages, multiple flow tests and various inspection technologies such as ultrasound, eddy current and radiography. Thermography has also become a widely method used to perform various inspections. However, many of thermographic inspections require different equipment, set-up, procedures and training. In the proposed STTR program, we will determine whether it is feasible to consolidate the entire suite of thermographic inspections into a single inspection station that would perform a comprehensive assessment of the condition of a hot section blade or vane. The system would check for blockages, cracks, measure wall and TBC thickness, and check for core shift as well as TBC delamination. We anticipate that consolidation of some of the more widely implemented tasks such as detection of delamination or wall thickness will be relatively straightforward. However, novel approaches will be required to improve less robust thermographic methods, such as blockage or crack detection. BENEFITS: The proposed system will reduce inspection time and increase inspector efficiency for both manufacturers and end users of airborne turbine components. Time consuming manual inspections that are currently performed could be eliminated, and all critical inspections would be performed at a single inspection station, using a single procedure. A scaled-up version of the system could also be used for inspection of land-based turbines, with similar benefits to users.

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