Conformal Array Laser Imager for Bondline Evaluation&Repair (CALIBER)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1210
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-011-0210
Amount: $79,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T011
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Small Business Information
12H Mauchly, Irvine, CA, -
DUNS: 828239769
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Kilpatrick
 PI/Principal Scientist
 (949) 733-3355
Business Contact
 Debra Hadley
Title: Director of Admin.&Fina
Phone: (949) 733-3355
Research Institution
 University of California, Irvine
 Lizhi Sun
 916 Engineering Tower
Irvine, CA, 92697-2575
 (949) 259-3629
 Nonprofit college or university
The NAVY solicits new non-destructive inspection (NDI) methods to address detection and evaluation of kissing bonds and bondline integrity in aerospace composites since no currently accepted standard exists. In response AS & T Inc. propose, the Conformal Array Laser Imager for Bondline Evaluation and Repair (CALIBER), designed expressly for this purpose. The novelty of the proposed approach lies in the integration of a new sensor technology developed by AS & T with a new NDI method, both of which have been independently developed well beyond the conceptual stage. The development of CALIBER will provide an NDI sensor whose output images reveal bondline adhesive strength and the lower threshold which qualify as kissing bonds. In form and function, CALIBER is geared towards field deployment. Founded on a previously successful NDI sensor developed for detection of hidden delaminations, disbonds and crushed core damage in composites, this effort therefore builds upon and broadens the applicability of a new NDI technology. The proposed development is anticipated to lead to a portable, non-contact inspection instrument for rapid detection and evaluation of kissing bonds in aerospace composites in addition to a broader range of flight-line composite NDI tasks.

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