Optical Damage Sensors for Automated On-Wing Engine Airfoil Inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-C-5106
Agency Tracking Number: F103-139-0151
Amount: $749,975.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-139
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
CA, Irvine, CA, 92618-2008
DUNS: 188465819
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 James Trolinger
 Vice President&Dir. of
 (949) 553-0688
Business Contact
 Cecil F. Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Email: cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Two optical methods are proposed for the detection of a range of types of damage on coated and uncoated airfoils in advanced gas turbines by means of borescope inspection of on-wing parts. The techniques are low coherence interferometry imaging of bulk TBC optical properties and luminescence piezo-spectroscopy for imaging of residual stress in the thermally grown oxide layer at the ceramic-alloy interface. The Phase II Work Plan consists of a detailed set of tasks involving design, component testing, construction, and testing of the prototype instrumentation. BENEFIT: The proposed instrumentation provides a significant advance over currently employed visual inspection of gas turbine airfoils. For instance, with thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), these techniques allow the detection and quantification of incipient spalls, delamination, and changes in TBC porosity which typically go unnoticed with visual inspection methods. The proposed methods are well suited for use with borescopes and thus provide a large potential to be developed into commercial optical diagnostics instruments for use during maintenance and inspection of on-wing airfoils in advanced gas turbines.

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