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In-service Repair of Fatigue and Stress Corrosion Cracks on US Navy Aluminum Structured Watercraft using Laser Peening

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-15-P-4518
Agency Tracking Number: N151-052-0251
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N151-052
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-01-30
Small Business Information
6145 Scherers Place, Dublin, OH, 43016-1284
DUNS: 834959363
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stan Bovid
 (614) 718-3000
Business Contact
 Bruce Wells
Title: Mechanical Engineer
Phone: (301) 227-4121
Research Institution
Existing repair methodologies for cracked structures aboard US Navy ships are currently limited in efficiency and effectiveness. New repair methodologies that directly address the local stress states leading to fatigue cracking and stress corrosion cracking are possible with laser peening technology. The proposed laser peening solution allows repairs independent of the cracked structure geometry, requires no hazardous chemicals, requires no additional NDI, and does not jeopardize the existing structure or corrosion resistance of the material. To demonstrate this materiel solution, proof of concept is demonstrated through a rigorous coupon testing program that replicates in-service cracking conditions and the treatment of these crack conditions via laser peening. Further technology developmental efforts are focused on identifying requirements, options, and an optimal solution for a portable laser peening system design. The laser peening system concept will be designed to meet the key performance metrics for the laser peening process, the size and mobility requirements for shipboard usage, and the hazard mitigation requirements for laser peening in an open environment. The portable laser peening system is anticipated to achieve significant cost savings in comparison to conventional laser peening systems through the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components.

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