Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Sustainment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,996.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-07-M-2767
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-176-2381
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF071-176
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
VEXTEC CORP.
750 Old Hickory Blvd, Building 2, Suite 270, Brentwood, TN, 37027
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128193997
Principal Investigator:
Richard Holmes
Mgr M&S
(615) 372-0299
rholmes@vextec.com
Business Contact:
Loren Nasser
CEO
(615) 372-0299
Lnasser@vextec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Integrally bladed rotors (IBRs) have become prevalent in new military gas turbine engines. IBRs replace rotors with inserted blades. As with other types of unitized structures, IBRs greatly reduce part count and thus improve assembly and maintainability. This SBIR proposes innovative advanced physics based life modeling techniques to accurately determine the probability of failure of undamaged, damaged and repaired IBRs. System reliability techniques will be developed that recognize that an IBR is an advanced component with many geometric complexities and many active failure mechanism. Because the IBR is a single piece of hardware, the loading and failure mechanism at different locations on the IBR are not independent and can’t be treated that way during life analysis. VEXTEC has developed patented system reliability methods to assess the risk of failure of complex machines such as automobiles and heavy machinery. These methods will be extended to IBRs. Validation testing will performed to verify the analysis methods. . The ultimate goal of this SBIR will be to show that a modeling method can be established to predict the life of a repaired IBR with a high degree of accuracy. VEXTEC will conduct both computational IBR modeling and scaled physical testing within Phase I Uniquely, VEXTEC has developed and constructed a scaled turbine test rig which will be used to prove-out modeling feasibility through direct comparison with an IBR that was fielded and then repaired and then returned to the field until failure.

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