Innovative Method for Strain Sensor Calibration on Fleet Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0238
Agency Tracking Number: N081-025-1257
Amount: $149,135.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-025
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
ATA ENGINEERING, INC.
11995 El Camino Real, Suite 200, San Diego, CA, 92130
DUNS: 133709001
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Napolitano
 Senior Project Engineer
 (858) 480-2030
 kevin.napolitano@ata-e.com
Business Contact
 Ronan Cunningham
Title: Director, Business Development
Phone: (858) 480-2015
Email: ronan.cunningham@ata-e.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal addresses the development of a new strain gage calibration methodology to help increase the accuracy of structural life estimation in naval aircraft. After understanding the current fatigue life testing procedures, we will develop economical and time-efficient loading mechanisms to be used to calibrate strain gages on different aircraft. To minimize potential errors, an experimental sensitivity study will be performed to maximize the consistency of the loading mechanisms. The result of the Phase I effort will be a robust design of a system that will be fully implemented in Phase II.

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