Phased array ultrasonic aircraft fatigue damage inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-09-P-0112
Agency Tracking Number: F083-246-1316
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-246
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
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
Title: President
Phone: (781) 621-8228
Research Institution
The practice of removing aircraft from service and disassembling parts of its structure for periodic inspection negatively impacts readiness and leads to high sustainment costs. Using Acoustic Ideas''''''''s uniquely powerful and versatile phased array technology we will develop a novel inspection method that does not require disassembly. Multiple layers, large thicknesses, dissimilar metals, sealant, geometrical complexities, and usability requirements have stumped all previous attempts. Our proposal describes in more detail why the unique features of our phased array technology can meet all the challenges of this difficult inspection problem. BENEFIT: The need for inspection around fasteners in multiple layer structures affects thousands of U.S. Air Force aircraft. Enormous cost and logistical savings will result across a large number of aircraft programs in the Air Force. The worldwide commercial aicraft fleet also offers exciting opportunities for commercialization.

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