Non-Contact Technologies, LLC, a small-business located in Tullahoma, TN, announced a signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). The purpose of this agreement is to further blade tip timing (BTT), also known as Non-Intrusive Stress Measurement System (NSMS), technology development. This CRADA will ensure the continued development of advanced BTT capabilities and cooperatively advance the state-of-the-art in BTT software and data acquisition hardware.
Developed at AEDC, BTT is used to monitor the health of rotating components in turbine engines. This technology is used by engineers to detect engine component defects during testing or general operation, to provide better warfighter reliability. This CRADA is an example of the USAF’s commitment to developing critical technology in partnership with industry for development of the next-generation of turbine engines.
Non-Contact Technologies, LLC, (NCT) is uniquely qualified to continue BTT technology development. NCT’s owners have over 20 years of experience in developing and growing BTT technologies for the USAF and is committed to bringing state-of-the-art BTT systems to the USAF and other Department of Defense customers, as well as commercially for power generation and other non-military markets.
“Working in collaboration with AEDC is a great opportunity to advance our development of state-of-the-art blade tip timing technology.” said Bryan Hayes, president and CEO of NCT. “We are excited to provide AEDC with the latest tip timing capabilities.”
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