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Portable Active Thermographic Coating Inspection System

Portable Active Thermographic Coating Inspection System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90016
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-09-C-10040
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Fuchs Consulting Inc.
502 Ayrles Ave. Leeburg, VA 20176
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Portable Active Thermographic Coating Inspection System
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-09-C-10040
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal seeks to produce a unique thermographic coating inspection system that is customized for the inspection of bridge coatings.  This system uses active thermography where IR sources are used to provide controlled heating to a coating system.  The presence of a defect in a coating system will result in differences in heat flow, which can be imaged with an infrared camera.  An off-the-shelf embedded infrared camera module is used to create a customized system.  This system can cover a wide area and provide easy-to-interpret images.  The system is unique in that it is low-cost, low-weight, small-sized, fully-integrated, and specifically customized for coating inspections.  There are no commercial systems that provide a fully-integrated active thermographic inspection sytem for bridge coatings.  The proposed system is small and light-weight such that it can be deployed as a hand-held unit, on a pole-mount, or a vehicle-mast.  The system will be used to inspect bridge coating systems and will proide data in a manner that is currently not possible.  The coat and ease-of-use of the system make it usable by typical DOT personnel.  The project team has considerable experience in the bridge inspection industry and has a history of development of NDE tools for bridge inspection.

Principal Investigator:

Paul A. Fuchs
President
7037373871
paul.fuchs@fuchsconsultinginc.com

Business Contact:

Paul A. Fuchs
President
7037373871
paul.fuchs@fuchsconsultinginc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Fuchs Consulting Inc.
502 Ayrles Ave. Leeburg, VA 20176

EIN/Tax ID: 541895564
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No