Panel Step/Gap Mismatch Measurement

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$1,440,980.00
Award Year:
2015
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-15-C-5075
Award Id:
87000
Agency Tracking Number:
F082-001-0017
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF082C-001
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
2925 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
000000000
Principal Investigator:
DAVID ZIMDARS
MGR OF TERAHERTZ DEVELOPMENT
(731) 864-5639
DZIMDARS@PICOMETRIX.COM
Business Contact:
Matthew Anderson
Mr.
(937) 255-5028
matthew.anderson.20@us.af.mil
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ABSTRACT: In this second phase II we will complete the technological development of the THz step/gap mismatch measurement system demonstrated in the first phase II project. The technology has been demonstrated to be able to measure the sub-surface ground-plane step and gap dimensions on the seams of panels on the F-35 aircraft. The TD-THz method is able to measure the dimensions of the ground-plane step and gap through otherwise opaque boots and coatings. In this second Phase II, the rules based automated step and gap B-scan TD-THz seam interpretation program will be enhanced to accommodate seam structure data collected in on-site validation testing. Design features identified during prior Phase II testing will be incorporated. The prototypes will undergo environmental and regulatory compliance testing. Gamma and Delta prototypes will undergo rigorous factory on-site design validation testing on F-35 aircraft seams. A pilot production prototype incorporating a modern UL tested T-Ray 5000 series terahertz control unit will be delivered. BENEFIT: Upon successful completion of this second Phase II, the TD-THz inspection system will have been matured to manufacturing ready, highly capable non-destructive, non-contact, single-side inspection method for the determination of subsurface step/gap dimensions on aircraft doors and panels. The instrument will have been extensively tested on full-scale aircraft, including the various material suites, joint designs, and contours. The system will have additional applicability to other aircraft which use these coatings and boots.

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