SMRC was awarded a Phase I SBIR contract through the Air Force for Programmable Accelerated Environmental Test System for Aerospace Materials.

Corrosion is a serious problem affecting the longevity, safety, durability, and affordability of military and commercial aircraft. Despite strict implementation of MIL and ASTM standards for aircraft Outer Mold Line (OML) coatings, corrosion is frequently observed during maintenance partly due to inadequate testing methods representing an in-service environmental exposure; hence, advanced tools are required for more accurate and realistic assessment of these coatings. A programmable accelerated environmental test system that can simulate on-service aircraft exposure of salt-fog, temperature, UV, and harmful gases can provide immense value to the aircraft industry.

Systems & Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) will design and build a prototype programmable chamber that can simulate a realistic environmental exposure of aircraft coatings on representative test coupons in this Phase I SBIR program. The chamber will contain an IR camera system to continuously monitor corrosion without interrupting the test in progress. Such a system should be able to detect even small corrosion pits underneath a coating from its time of origin and allow experts to study its propagation mechanism. If successful, SMRC’s system will be able to provide users with an ability to change environmental parameters such as humidity, salt concentration, temperature, UV exposure, and gas concentration to conduct a comprehensive design of experiments and continuously monitor corrosion via an IR camera.

Please contact Mr. Anjan Contractor for more information.