AUTO-SCAN: Inlet and Exhaust Damage Registration Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-5146
Agency Tracking Number: F121-125-2144
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121C-125
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
MD, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855-2737
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Handelman
 Principal Scientist
 (301) 294-4252
 dhandelman@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts and Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
ABSTRACT: Current methods for inspecting aircraft engine inlet and exhaust cavities are labor intensive and error prone. Airmen crawl into ducts looking for defects, trace suspected sites on Mylar sheets noting their position relative to cavity features, and manually enter the data into an aircraft assessment system. Technology that can reduce inspection times and eliminate sources of human error will benefit the Air Force by significantly increasing aircraft reliability and availability while reducing lifecycle maintenance costs. To address this critical need, Intelligent Automation, Inc. proposes to develop AUTO-SCAN, a damage registration sensor that will automatically detect, characterize and register defects in the aircraft coordinate system. The Phase I effort will demonstrate the feasibility of the AUTO-SCAN concept through the design, development and testing of a Phase I prototype. Phase II will develop the AUTO-SCAN system to TRL/MRL 7 maturity and integrate it with current aircraft health assessment systems. BENEFIT: The key advantage of the proposed sensor is to automate the process of defect detection and analysis to decrease inspection time, improve accuracy and eliminate sources of human error. This inspection technology will benefit the Air Force by significantly increasing aircraft reliability and availability while reducing lifecycle maintenance costs.

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