Vibrant has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract (number: FA8649-20-P-0228) to pursue Department of Defense applications for commercially available PCRT condition-based maintenance tools for wheel and braking systems. The work, starting in December, will be performed in conjunction with Boeing and the KC-46 Rapid Sustainment Office. The $50,000 contract was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) through the Defense Commercial Solutions Opening, a program designed to rapidly integrate innovative commercial technologies with defense needs. The 3-month Phase I program aims to speed up the process of demonstrating feasibility and quickly move into a Phase II.
“This program should open the doors for PCRT within the Air Force as an integral part of condition-based maintenance programs,” said Julie Heffernan, the principal investigator for the project. “It provides an excellent opportunity to apply our previous success in commercial and DoD research projects to reducing costs and increasing effectiveness of the Air Force.”
Vibrant provides Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) services to the Aerospace and Power Generation industries worldwide through its facilities in the United States and Europe. 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 D, and ISO 9001:2015. www.vibrantndt.com