Autonomous Composite Fan Containment Integrity Monitoring (AUTOCONFIRM) System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CB19P
Agency Tracking Number: 075526
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Acellent Technologies, Inc.
835 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amrita Kumar
 Principal Investigator
 (408) 745-1188
 akumar@acellent.com
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Title: Business Official
Phone: (408) 745-1188
Email: akumar@acellent.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
New engine fan blade containment structures are being manufactured with advanced composite structures such that they can withstand blade-out events. The use of advance composites requires the understanding of the possible effects of aging degradation on the performance of "hard wall" or "soft wall" composite fan containment structures to ensure durability in their use in jet engine applications. Acellent Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop an innovative, low-cost and reliable system for assessment of the integrity of composite fan containment structures that will automatically monitor in real-time the location and extent of damage in the containment structure. The system will utilize a network of miniature sensors integrated with the structure to scan the entire structural area for any impact events, resulting structural damage and monitor degradation due to usage. Phase I will focus on developing a prototype of the system and demonstrating functionality to detect damage both on the inner and exterior surface of the fan containment structure.

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