Life and Reliability Software Tools for Turbopropulsion Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0171
Agency Tracking Number: N103-196-0036
Amount: $79,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N103-196
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
1634 Brandywine Drive, Charlottesville, VA, -
DUNS: 623531568
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Simeon Fitch
 Principal
 (210) 867-1616
 simeon.fitch@mseedsoft.com
Business Contact
 Simeon Fitch
Title: Principal
Phone: (210) 867-1616
Email: simeon.fitch@mseedsoft.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
We propose to develop an innovative methodology for life and reliability prediction of hot-section components in advanced turbo propulsion systems where the effects of the high heat dwell environment must be predicted accurately. This includes the activation of synergistic time-dependent damage modessuch as creep, stress corrosion, and stress rupturein the presence of cycle-dependent fatigue crack initiation and growth. The proposed technology focuses on addressing the effects of these time-dependent damage modes in engine disks made from Nickel-based superalloys that could exhibit location-specific microstructures, microstructural variability, or evolution of microstructures after thermal exposures at elevated temperatures for extended time periods. The novel time-dependent fracture algorithm will be integrated with a commercial probabilistic life-prediction codecalled DARWINthereby complementing and extending a suite of existing reliability analysis tools for turbine engines. This will provide a full-lifecycle reliability analysis tool for aircraft engines being considered in the VAATE program.

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