Ultrasonic phased array inspection of aircraft turbine engine components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-5218
Agency Tracking Number: 021ML-0322
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: AF02-111
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Small Business Information
27 Eaton Street, Wakefield, MA, 01880
DUNS: 006631191
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vincent Lupien
 (781) 621-8228
Business Contact
 Vincent Lupien
Phone: (781) 621-8228
Email: vhlupien@acousticideas.com
Research Institution
As a cost avoidance measure against expensive replacement of certain life-limiting components of turbine engines, the Engine Rotor Life Extension (ERLE) program was conceived by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to extend component life without increasing the risk of component failure. Nondestructive evaluation is one of many important components of ERLE which, if successfully implemented, will lead to an estimated $600 Million in savings over five years. In this Phase II SBIR effort, Acoustic Ideas, Inc. will contribute to enhanced nondestructive evaluation of embedded defects employing phased array ultrasound by working within the Turbine Engine Sustainment Initiative (TESI), a component of ERLE. Through proprietary Acoustic Ideas technology, the optimized use of phased array ultrasound in this effort is expected to lead to reduced detection limits, expansion of the inspection window to currently uninspectable geometries, and reduced inspection times.

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