Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-5000
Agency Tracking Number: F061-097-3803
Amount: $672,912.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
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 Eng
 (256) 772-9035
 kirk.mclauchlin@aerobotix.net
Business Contact
 Kirk McLauchlin
Title: President/Director of Eng
Phone: (256) 772-9035
Email: kirk.mclauchlin@aerobotix.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The development of a non-contact measurement system is of particular importance to implementing an automated method for thickness measurement of critical coatings on internal/external aircraft composite structures. The objective of the proposed research project is to continue development of a non-contact measurement technology and produce a fully functional prototype device for use in robotic applications. Phase I of this project demonstrated the ability of an electromagnetic radiation device to measure coating thickness. The device is relatively compact and readily mounts on a robot end effector. Phase II of this project will target refined development of the performance characteristics and accuracy of this device as well as reduced overall weight and package size. The design and configuration will be optimized for integration and use on a robotic coating application system.

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