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NASA Seeks Partner for Non-Destructive Evaluation for Friction Stir Welding

The Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) team at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is looking for a partner that can provide information and expertise to support a study of how defects are created during various friction stir welding (FSW) techniques. In addition, the NDE team hopes to determine how the defects affect welded materials and which defects are mission-critical (that is, what types of defects could cause breach of pressure vessels leading to catastrophic loss of spaceflight hardware or entire spaceflight vehicles).

The NDE team seeks organizations that can provide access to “effects of FSW defects” data on materials and weld types used by NASA or that can produce this data via a joint partnership.

Specifically, NASA is interested in the following information:

  • Types of defects created during FSW, self-reacting FSW, and plug welding
  • Methods of detecting and evaluating the size, depth, and other measurements of the defects
  • Methods of creating specific defects with consistent volume, cluster, depth, and other qualities
  • Tests and methods to determine critical effects on test materials
  • Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) applications and software that enable the detection and characterization of FSW defects and provide easy-to-interpret data

If you would like more information about this partnering opportunity, please contact:

Procurement Contact
Shaun Canter
Contract Specialist
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Phone: 256-544-1632

Technical Contact
Mike Suits
Materials Engineer
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Phone: 256-544-8336

Innovative Partnerships Program Contact
Danny Garcia
Technology Infusion Manager
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Phone: 256-544-4138