Damage Detection and Identification in Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,748.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8501-06-M-0117
Award Id:
79198
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-355-4366
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8203 W. Quinault Ave., Building C, Suite 200, Kennewick, WA, 99336
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
024131950
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Maresca, Jr.
Cheif Scientist and CEO
(509) 737-1377
maresca@vistaengr.com
Business Contact:
Phillip Ohl
President
(509) 737-1377
ohl@vistaengr.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Vista Engineering Technologies will develop, validate, and deliver a portable system for assessing damage to composite aerospace structures that improves upon existing methods in terms of speed, accuracy, and cost, and then demonstrate the proof-of-concept system on test articles provided by the Air Force by determining the location and extent of damage in composite panels using a novel IR inspection technology. The output of the system will be fully automated. A system based on this technology called the IR Inspection System (IRIS) has been successfully demonstrated for detecting cracks and disbonding in small arms protection inserts (SAPIs), various types of vehicle ceramic armor plate, and a variety of multi-layer composites. The successful application of the technology is due to the novel methods of convectively and/or conductively heating the materials to be inspected to produce a thermal signature due to the defect. The success of the previous experimental measurements for SAPIs and the three-dimensional numerical heat flow modeling results for tongue and groove structures generated for this proposal indicate that very detectable thermal signals are produced with this method and are easily detected with a small, uncooled IR camera system.

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