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NEWS | April 1, 2017

New Technology Expected to Play Pivotal Role in Reducing Aircraft Corrosion Cost

AF SBIR/STTR

LUNA Innovations Inc.

  • LOCATION: Roanoke, Virginia
  • TOPIC NUMBER: AF112-218
  • TOPIC TITLE: Instrumented Test Coupons and Monitoring System for Improved Material Performance Evaluations
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Product Support Engineering, Robins AFB, GA

The Air Force is taking aim at its multi-billion dollar aircraft corrosion challenges through a partnership with a Virginia-based small business.

Luna Innovations Inc., with support from the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, developed technology that improves upon the laboratory evaluation of aerospace coatings and provides service-life estimates for coatings in actual environments. Having a better way to measure the effectiveness of coatings that protect aircraft structures from corrosion and environmentally-produced cracks will allow the Air Force to accelerate the adoption of new coatings while reducing the risk associated with their integration.

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