Pitting Corrosion Sensor and Tracker

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number: N112-120-0861
Amount: $749,923.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-120
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
835 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Navneet Gandhi
 Project Engineer
 (408) 745-1188
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (408) 307-4189
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
Acellent Technologies is developing a system for the US Navy that incorporates innovative ways to detect and track corrosion, measure clamping force and bolt preload in bolted joints typical of aircraft structures. Many of the corrosion inspection methods currently employed in the field to inspect magnesium housings involve disassembling the components and performing a visual inspection. Apart from being time-consuming, labor intensive, cumbersome and unreliable these inspections often lead to damage of the protective coating covering the surface during disassembly. Acellent Technologies is developing an accurate, reliable integrated health monitoring system capable of detecting, locating and sizing regions of corrosion in the area being monitored. The ultimate objective of the program will be to provide the U.S. Navy with a portable Corrosion Monitoring System (CMS) capable of efficiently monitoring regions of interest for degradation, thus mitigating the hazards associated with failure of critical aircraft components. Phase I demonstrated that the capability for detection of clamping force and bolt preload using a Hybridized SMART Layer. Phase II will focus on complete system development, testing and validation in collaboration with Sikorsky Aircraft Company and the U.S. Navy.

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