NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 06-2 A1.03-8886
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Aircraft Aging and Durability
PROPOSAL TITLE: Cradle-to-Grave Monitoring of Composite Aircraft Structures

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
NextGen Aeronautics, Inc.
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400
Torrance, CA 90505 - 7519
(310) 626-8384

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Shiv Joshi
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400
Torrance CA , CA 90505 - 7519
(310) 626-8360

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NextGen Aeronautics, after achieving promising results in Phase I, is proposing a simple yet powerful damage identification technique for honeycomb advanced composite structures in Phase II. The proposed Phase II program is focused to achieve at least TRL of 5 and quickly commercialize technology in Phase III. The specific objectives are: 1) Improve Raleigh –Lamb (RL) wave based statistical detection technology; 2) Reduce NDE time by field usable automated data collection; 3) Develop end-to-end system software; 4) Develop detailed early commercialization plan. The Phase II development will provide a significant improvement in functionality of the system and put strong emphasis on process automation. NextGen is pursuing teaming arrangement with Boeing and Northrop Grumman to test the proposed system in realistic environment. During Phase I, the NextGen team established feasibility of the proposed system by evaluating it on a honeycomb plate, a common construction used in many secondary structures of aircraft. NextGen has chosen an outstanding team that has considerable prior experience, an in-depth understanding of damage modes in advanced composite structures, and comprehensive knowledge of damage detection techniques. Our team's combined expertise in health monitoring systems and our relationship with system integrators will ensure near-term technology transition.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Obviously, commercial airlines faced with reducing fleet's operating cost will be interested in proposed system that reliably and cost effectively inspects aircraft structure at airports without altering or delaying flight schedule. Other non-NASA commercial applications of NextGen's health monitoring system include long-term monitoring of nuclear waste storage, pressure vessels, storage tanks, and piping, also automated inspection of nuclear power plants, Navy surface ships and submarines, and critical engineering structures.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA's aviation safety programs (integrated vehicle health management and aircraft aging and durability project) have clearly identified structural health monitoring as potential operating cost saver. This program will directly contribute to NASA's push for improving aircraft safety. Many future aerospace systems will have elevated durability requirements, necessitating early detection of damage, predicting remaining life and mitigating failure. Some of the NASA space applications of the proposed system include X-37 demonstrator, space shuttle, international space station, and the orbital space plane programs. This system would provide a lightweight, inexpensive SHM system that would reduce launch turn-around time, increase probability of launch success, minimize life cycle costs, and increase the crew return mission success.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools

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