Corrosion Modeling and Life Prediction Supporting Structural Prognostic Health Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-5014
Agency Tracking Number: F061-091-2079
Amount: $749,947.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-091
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
6669 Fyler Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63139
DUNS: 018571666
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Mills
 Consultant
 (314) 644-6040
 tmills@apesolutions.com
Business Contact
 Craig Brooks
Title: President
Phone: (314) 644-6040
Email: cbrooks@apesolutions.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal offers the demonstration of an approach to integrate the latest corrosion sensor technology with corrosion structural effects modeling to enable the transition from periodic corrosion inspections to an efficient, focused prognostics and health monitoring (PHM) system. The fundamental vision of the proposed program is to provide the customer with a demonstrated process suitable for integrating corrosion effects analysis tools, structural criticality prioritization algorithms, in situ corrosion sensors, conventional non-destructive inspection (NDI), and data management structures to monitor and assess aircraft structure. All of these capabilities currently exist at varying levels of maturity. At the end of Phase II, such a PHM system will be designed, developed, integrated, validated, and demonstrated. The resulting system will include state-of-the-art hardware, software, and analytical techniques packaged into a powerful structural management philosophy. Demonstration in Phase II includes installation of hardware on a private jet to provide a flying demonstration article, and a detailed Program for implementation on a USAF asset, the A-10 “Warthog.”

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