Rapid, Adaptive Airfoil Metrology

Period of Performance: 06/02/2015 - 12/14/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

M-7 Technologies, Inc.
1019 Ohio Works Drive
Youngstown, OH 44510
Principal Investigator


The airfoil components of modern turbines and engines are highly complex critical parts where accurate and detailed geometry knowledge is required for manufacturing and maintenance. Commercially available metrology systems use contact (touch) probes that are slow and inefficient to inspect the complex profiles inherent to airfoils. Current non-contact (optical) systems operate at significantly faster speeds, but are also challenged by high-curvature surfaces and in addition suffer from edges/signal effects such as attenuation and glare. Furthermore, because airfoils have features with sizes similar in magnitude to the location tolerance with respect to the overall part datum planes, multi-pass measurements are often necessary to achieve desired accuracy, leading to slower inspection times. Well-suited to address these challenges is the Automated Integrated Technology? (AIM?) system, a recently-commercialized, non-contact technology that rapidly measures surface shapes precisely (accuracies < 0.0005?, with >25,000 measurements/second ) and can be deployed as a stand-alone system or integrated into existing CNCs. The proposed research will quantify the accuracy and potential speed improvements achievable by extending the AIM? technology to airfoil metrology