Composite Airframe Damage Detection and Evaluation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0155
Agency Tracking Number: N093-169-0597
Amount: $79,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-169
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
QUEST Integrated
1012 Central Avenue South, Kent, WA, 98032
DUNS: 129867144
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Giovanni Nino
 Director, Composites NDT
 (253) 872-9500
Business Contact
 Milton Altenberg
Title: CEO
Phone: (253) 872-9500
Research Institution
In composite structures, some of the most critical areas susceptible to damage are inaccessible due to assembly or manufacturing procedures. In order to scan or monitor the structural integrity on those zones, a multidisciplinary approach that involves smart materials, additive manufacture, embedded systems, and wireless communications among others is proposed. Thus, a piezoelectric transducer array is deposited or placed around the region of interest and used to interrogate, on-ground or in-flight, the state of the composite structure. Then, Lamb-wave tomography and acousto-ultrasonic techniques are used to identify and localize any damage.

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