Advanced Characterization Techniques that Improve Durability of Fracture Critical DoD Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0156
Agency Tracking Number: N081-065-1402
Amount: $69,110.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-065
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
3801 Academy Parkway North, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
DUNS: 800669884
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Togami
 Director of Technologies
 (505) 314-1504
 ttogami@vibrantndt.com
Business Contact
 Lem Hunter
Title: President
Phone: (505) 314-1511
Email: lhunter@vibrantndt.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this proposed effort is to develop and demonstrate tools and techniques for detecting fatigue and fractures in critical DoD components. Under the proposed effort, Vibrant will attempt to adapt Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) technology, to detect fatigue and fractures in DoD components. PCRT uses Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) coupled with genetic sorting algorithms to determine the unique resonance patterns of components. Vibrant’s efforts will focus on developing advanced fatigue and fracture characterization techniques to assess turbine component durability. Vibrant’s technology will be used to provide a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technique to assess whether fractures or thermal-mechanical fatigue (TMF) is present in components. This new capability will provide higher confidence assessments and improved durability management of fracture critical DoD components that is not available currently.

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