OPTICAL FIBER INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR COMPOSITE SHAFTING

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12151
Amount: $56,054.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15097 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO, 80403
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr S Chandrashekara
 (303) 279-4951
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL PROVIDE THE NAVY WITH A LOW-COST FIBER OPTIC ENHANCEMENT TO THE "STANDARD" COMPOSITE PROPULSION SHAFTS IT PROPOSES FOR FUTURE SHIPS. THIS ENHANCEMENT WILL PROVIDE THREE SPECIFIC ADVANTAGES. FIRST, IT WILL PROVIDE A MEANS OF QUALITY CONTROL THROUGH THE SCIENTIFIC MONITORING OF THE THICK WALL COMPOSITE DURING MANUFACTURE. SECOND, IT WILL PROVIDE A MEANS OF "REAL-TIME" MONITORING OF THE CONDITION OF THE SHAFT WHILE IT IS IN OPERATION AND UNDER LOAD. THIRD, IT WILL PROVIDE A MEANS OF LOCATING AND QUANTIFYING THE EXTEND OF ANY DAMAGE TO THE SHAFT. THIS WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE SELECTION OF SPECIFIC FIBER OPTICS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A THREE DIMENSIONAL SPACING (MATRIX) SYSTEM OF PLACING THE OPTICS WITHIN THE COMPOSITE. THE PROPOSED "SMART SKINS" CONCEPT WILL RESULT IN THE NAVY BEING ABLE TO MONITOR THE HISTORY AND CONDITION OF THE COMPOSITE SHAFT FROM ITS INITIAL MANUFACTURE THROUGH ITS OPERATION ABOARD A SHIP.

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