Vibrant Corporation has been awarded a research contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The $850,000 project will study changes in the properties of high-performance materials for jet engine components caused by exceeding engine operating temperature limits. The project will then develop a predictive material modeling capability that will enable more accurate inspection of jet engine parts using Vibrant’s Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) technology.
Vibrant has partnered with the Materials Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa-Barbara and Computational Tools, Inc., a firm specializing in computational methods for non-destructive evaluation. Eric Biedermann, Vibrant’s Principal Investigator for the program, said, “This is an exciting problem, and our team offers a unique set of capabilities for solving it. A successful outcome will mean improved safety of flight and readiness for Department of Defense and commercial aircraft.
Vibrant Corporation provides Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) services to the Aerospace and Power Generation industries. PCRT applications range from quality assurance and process capability assessment for Original Equipment Manufacturers to in-service structural assessment and life monitoring for Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul organizations. Vibrant is certified to AS9100 Rev C, and conducts testing in compliance with ASTM Standard Practice E-2534. The Company is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with operations in the United Kingdom and Germany.
About the University of California, Santa Barbara Materials Department
The Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara is dedicated to effective graduate education through multidisciplinary and innovative academics and research. The Department is renowned worldwide for the quality of its faculty, students and facilities. In 2013 US News and World Report ranked the UCSB Materials Department #2 nationwide and #1 among public universities for graduate education in materials engineering. http://www.materials.ucsb.edu/.
About Computational Tools, Inc.
The mission of Computational Tools, Inc. is to provide expertise and computational services for the development of advanced nondestructive evaluation techniques. Areas of expertise include analytical and numerical modeling in nondestructive evaluation and automated signal classification (signal processing, neural network classifiers, user interface, and platform development). http://www.computationaltools.com/.