DURACON-IR: Durable and Conductive IR witness coatings for High Accuracy IR Thermography

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CG38P
Agency Tracking Number: 105851
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: O3.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
57 MARYANNE DRIVE, MONROE, CT, -
DUNS: 180516577
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Yogesh Mehrotra
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 874-3100
 YMehrotra@AboutMTC.com
Business Contact
 Yogesh Mehrotra
Title: Business Official
Phone: (203) 874-3100
Email: YMehrotra@AboutMTC.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
An accurate assessment of composite structural performance and proactive component and system life management strategies requires quantitative information on the damage states of the components. Recent advances in infra-red (IR) sensing and data processing technologies have enabled real-time thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA) methodologies to finally become viable for accurate diagnostics and prognostics of composite structures. The success of these thermography methods, however, depends strongly on the characteristics of the surface layer. In this SBIR program Materials Technologies Corporation proposes to design, develop and implement specialized, multi-purpose witness layers for carbon composite structures which would facilitate high accuracy quantitative thermoelastic analysis through improved IR response and thus enable on-going in-situ diagnostics (and prognostics) during component lifecycle without necessitating disassembly and off-line inspection. Phase I program will be based on concept feasibility demonstration through extensive experimental and FE analysis. At the end of Phase II program, samples of developed coating systems will be delivered to the NASA program manager for further evaluation.

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