Composite Calibration Standards Kit for Calibration of Multiple Equipment in the AF Inventory Used for Composite Nondestructive Inspection (NDI)

Period of Performance: 02/10/2014 - 11/09/2014

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

X-wave Innovations, Inc.
407 Upshire Circle Array
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Principal Investigator

Abstract

To meet the Air Force's need for composite calibration standards that could be used interchangeably for calibration of different type of NDE equipment used in the Air Force for composite NDE, X-wave Innovations, Inc. (XII) proposes an innovative methodology for developing composite NDE standards. The proposed approach builds on the success and expertise of XII in developments of standard methodology, NDE technologies, and comprehensive knowledge of the full life-cycle of composite materials and structures. The key innovation of the proposed approach lies in the application of calibration standard development methodology, which includes standard specimen design, fabrication, calibration, verification, validation, and standard traceability for the composite NDE standard development. In the Phase I program, we will develop a prototype standard and demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed approach. In Phase II, we will refine the standard design, fabrication, and validate the developed standards from field applications. In Phase III, we will focus on transitioning of the technology to a wide a military and commercial applications.