DURA-Peel, DURACON-Based Removable High Accuracy IR Thermography Coatings

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CL29P
Agency Tracking Number: 125140
Amount: $124,961.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A3.09
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CT, Monroe, CT, 06468-3209
DUNS: 180516577
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Changkuan Ju
 Senior Research Engineer
 (203) 502-8682
Business Contact
 Yogesh Mehrotra
Title: Business Official
Phone: (203) 502-8682
Email: ymehrotra@aboutmtc.com
Research Institution
Fiber reinforced composite materials are used extensively in aerospace applications due to their high stiffness and strength to weight ratio, and superior thermal, mechanical, electromagnetic and fatigue properties. However, given their demanding operational environment, composite aerospace and aircraft structures are prone to damage and manufacturing related flaws. An accurate assessment of composite structural performance and system life management strategies requires quantitative information on the aforementioned 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 of the composite components. Materials Technologies Corporation (MTC) proposes to develop a specialized, spray-on and peel-off coating technique 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. A major benefit of the product would be to facilitate usage of less expensive inspection systems that can take advantage of the advanced high emissivity coatings.

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