An Advanced NDE Approach to Determine the Adhesive Bond Strength

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-13-C-0038
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
D123-001-0052
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB123-001
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
130 North Main Street, Suite 600, Butte, MT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
836287680
Principal Investigator:
Peter Lucon
Prinicpal Investigator
(406) 497-5212
PLucon@Resodyn.com
Business Contact:
Lawrence Farrar
President&CEO
(406) 497-5212
lcfarrar@resodyn.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Bonded composite materials offer considerable opportunity to reduce manufacturing cost, improve structural performance, and improve fuel efficiency of aircraft. However, bonded composite aircraft structures continue to be a challenge to manufacture due to the certification requirement to determine the strength of the bonds in the structures - before they are placed into service. Current testing techniques involve statically loading the structure to some specified load level to place the bond line under load. If the bond does not fail, it is determined to be acceptable and the structure is placed into service. This test method is costly and time consuming. The proposed solution provides a method to test the entire bond at a near uniform shear. If the bond is within specification, the technology would be non-destructive. However, if the bond were weaker than the specified value, the bond would fail. A single bond evaluation procedure will both proof load the bond and detect bond failures. The proposed technology tests the entire bond and not a few points along the bond joint as with laser bond inspection technology. The project would take the technology from inception (TRL 2) to a TRL of 7-8 at the end of the SBIR funding.

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