Pitting Corrosion Sensor and Tracker
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Acellent Technologies is developing a system for the US Navy that incorporates innovative ways to detect and track corrosion, measure clamping force and bolt preload in bolted joints typical of aircraft structures. Many of the corrosion inspection methods currently employed in the field to inspect magnesium housings involve disassembling the components and performing a visual inspection. Apart from being time-consuming, labor intensive, cumbersome and unreliable these inspections often lead to damage of the protective coating covering the surface during disassembly. Acellent Technologies is developing an accurate, reliable integrated health monitoring system capable of detecting, locating and sizing regions of corrosion in the area being monitored. The ultimate objective of the program will be to provide the U.S. Navy with a portable Corrosion Monitoring System (CMS) capable of efficiently monitoring regions of interest for degradation, thus mitigating the hazards associated with failure of critical aircraft components. Phase I demonstrated that the capability for detection of clamping force and bolt preload using a Hybridized SMART Layer. Phase II will focus on complete system development, testing and validation in collaboration with Sikorsky Aircraft Company and the U.S. Navy.
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Acellent Technologies, Inc.
835 Stewart Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94085-
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