Outer Mold Line Material Condition Probe
ID: AF242-0013Type: BOTH
Overview

Topic

Outer Mold Line Material Condition Probe

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024
Timeline
  1. 1
    Release Apr 17, 2024 12:00 AM
  2. 2
    Open May 15, 2024 12:00 AM
  3. 3
    Next Submission Due Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Close Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
Description

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the development and commercialization of a handheld, lightweight, and easy-to-use measurement probe for assessing the material condition of aircraft outer mold line (OML) topcoat paint systems. This technology will inform fleet-level decisions on repainting schedules for air vehicles, transitioning from traditional schedule-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance (CBM) for the visual appearance of air vehicles. The proposed solutions must be rugged, easy to operate, and ideally have self-calibration or user calibration capabilities. Colorimetric measurements are particularly sought, but other modalities such as mechanical durability and surface roughness are also acceptable. The technology should have high repeatability, low variability, and be applicable to different types of coatings. The Phase I effort is expected to deliver at least one working prototype for further development and field trials in Phase II. The Phase II effort will focus on developing the prototype system and conducting relevant demonstrations. Phase III will involve pursuing commercialization and transitioning the technology to a broad range of potential government and civilian users. The deadline for proposal submission is June 12, 2024. For more information, visit the solicitation link.

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