Real-Time Control of Laser Coating Removal

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-5607
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-041-0459
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF081-041
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
ENERGY RESEARCH CO.
2571-A Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY, 10309
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
088156708
Principal Investigator
 Arel Weisberg
 Program Manager
 (718) 608-0935
 aweisberg@er-co.com
Business Contact
 Robert De Saro
Title: President
Phone: (718) 608-8788
Email: rdesaro@er-co.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Energy Research Company (ERCo) proposes the development of an instrument that provides novel real-time control of laser decoating processes by detecting the coating as it is being removed. The technology allows for precise and selective removal of the desired coating layer while preserving any underlying coatings and the base material. The instrument’s real-time operation allows the coating removal rate to be unimpeded and to proceed at its optimum speed. The quality of the decoating process will thereby be greatly improved while throughput of the laser decoating system will be unaffected. ERCo has demonstrated the technique in its laboratory and has shown that very accurate coating removal can be obtained. In Phase I, ERCo will demonstrate the device’s ability to automatically and accurately control the removal of topcoat and/or primer layers while preserving underlying layers and the substrate material. The technology can also be adapted for controlling other coating removal methods.

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