LSP Technologies, inc. Wins Research Grant for Laser Bond Inspection
LSP Technologies, Inc. (LSPT) announces that it has been awarded an SBIR Phase
1 by the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
LBI advances achieved on this program will provide approaches to non-
destructively test adhesive bonds in confined areas previously restricted due to
access limitations and the small size of features to be inspected. LSP
Technologies' current Laser Bond Inspection technology can inspect bonds for
strength in easily accessible bonded structures. The technology can also be
employed in the detection of kissing bonds.
Adhesively bonded composite structures are now incorporated into aircraft used
for both civilian and military applications by all major aerospace manufacturers.
Many composite structures are assembled with fasteners, but adhesive bonding
of the composite components into a structure will be utilized to meet future
design requirements. In order for the industry to certify these aircraft, the
integrity of the adhesive bonds must be tested to determine and confirm the
safety of the structure for service. There is no conventional non-destructive
testing method available to assure that the bond strength is adequate for service
other than LBI.
LBI technology has been in development for over 10 years and provides the
aerospace industry a measurable and cost effective NDT method to validate the
safety and integrity of adhesively bonded structures. LBI has the advantage of
inspecting composite-to-composite bonds as well as metal-to-metal and
composite-to-metal bonds. Validation of these bonds allows airframe
manufacturers more flexibility to design air vehicles to meet current and future
DARPA is the central research and development organization for the United
States Department of Defense. DARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological
superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming
our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging
the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use. Over the
years, DARPA has worked to enhance our national security by funding research
and technology development that have not only improved our military
capabilities but have changed the way we live. Since the very beginning, DARPA
has worked with people with innovative ideas that lead to groundbreaking
DARPA was created in 1958 when the political and defense communities
recognized the need for a high-level defense organization to formulate and
execute R&D projects that would expand the frontiers of technology beyond the
immediate and specific requirements of the Military Services and their
laboratories. The Agency has a rich 50-plus year history of successes ranging
from the Internet and GPS, to stealth and UAVs, advances that are now
ubiquitous but were once considered impossibilities.
"LSPT’s scientists and engineers are pioneers in the (LBI) field," said Dr. Jeff
Dulaney, president and CEO of LSP Technologies, Inc. "and as the sole provider
of LBI technology we are proud to be working with DARPA to continue to advance
the capabilities of this technology."
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Jeff Dulaney, LSP Technologies is known as the premier
provider of laser peening equipment and services in the United States. LSPT
worked with GE Aviation to establish their laser peening capability in the late
90s, and then worked with the US Air Force to establish itself as an open source
laser peening supplier for the rest of industry. In 2003 LSPT began engine
component laser peening for the F22 Raptor. The company also now provides
laser peening for several other industries, land based power generation and
metal forging for example. continues to grow through the development of
innovative laser-based technologies and products. In 2012 LSPT delivered its
first Laser Bond Inspection system to Boeing.