Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures

Period of Performance: 05/08/2008 - 08/08/2010

$673K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aerobotix, Inc.
125 Jetplex Circle
Madison, AL 35758
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The development of a non-contact measurement system is of particular importance to implementing an automated method for thickness measurement of critical coatings on internal/external aircraft composite structures. The objective of the proposed research project is to continue development of a non-contact measurement technology and produce a fully functional prototype device for use in robotic applications. Phase I of this project demonstrated the ability of an electromagnetic radiation device to measure coating thickness. The device is relatively compact and readily mounts on a robot end effector. Phase II of this project will target refined development of the performance characteristics and accuracy of this device as well as reduced overall weight and package size. The design and configuration will be optimized for integration and use on a robotic coating application system.