Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5055
Agency Tracking Number: F061-097-3803
Amount: $99,318.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-097
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
351-F Electronics Blvd, Huntsville, AL, 35824
DUNS: 183652341
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kirk McLauchlin
 President/Director of Engineering
 (256) 772-9035
Business Contact
 Kirk McLauchlin
Title: President
Phone: (256) 772-9035
Email: kirk.mclauchlin@aerobotix.net
Research Institution
Current survivability and engineering requirements for airframe platforms necessitate the automated application of specialty coatings to the composite inlet duct OML surface. The specialty coatings have tight specification tolerances for the final thickness. Current equipment does not allow for accurate measuring of the specialty coatings. Measurement techniques and equipment need to be developed and tested to verify the application process achieves engineering requirements. The non-contact method of coating thickness measurement is a technology that allows for thickness measurements of the multiple specialty coatings applied over composite parts. Northrop Grumman Corporation has developed a non destructive, non contact measurement system which is a Dielectric Waveguide Arch (DWA). The DWA emits electromagnetic radiation at a specific frequency and receives the return signal from the article under test. The return signal can then be processed to provide the electromagnetic performance of the material under test. With proper calibration, the electromagnetic performance can be processed and converted to a coating thickness.

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