Conformal Conductivity Probe

Period of Performance: 07/17/2014 - 04/17/2015

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

IERUS Technologies, LLC
2904 Westcorp Blvd Array
Huntsville, AL 35805
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Tier 1 point inspection tools are needed for the improved performance and maintenance of 5th generation fighters. The Air Force and major air framers have long sought after a suitable tool for use in production and at maintenance depots. IERUS Technologies proposes to develop a new point inspection based on the results of a thorough feasibility study, prototype fabrication, and testing process. IERUS will test three major concepts and work with the government to downselect to the concept with the highest likelihood of success in the challenging environment of the flight line. IERUS Technologies has the right team, tools, and techniques to develop a new gap panel point inspection tool. BENEFIT: The primary objective of Phase 1 is to investigate and identify concepts applicable to non-destructive, in-situ evaluation of gap fillers. Through Phase 2, IERUS will mature the developed prototype into a fielded system. According to Lockheed Martin, to date, no point inspection tool has ever been permanently and reliably been adopted into normal use on the flight line for 5th generation fighters. Thus, the ultimate goal of this program is to develop a device that can overcome all of the problems discussed earlier and be adopted by flight crews for regular use. Leveraging previous developments across the team, IERUS is confident that the conclusion of the Phase 2 effort will be a useful Tier 1 point inspection tool.