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Enhanced Bondline Inspection Using Computed Tomography (CT) for Solid Rocket…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82160
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-203-0122
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Lickenbrock Technologies LLC
4041 Forest Park Ave. St. Louis, MO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Enhanced Bondline Inspection Using Computed Tomography (CT) for Solid Rocket Motor Aging and Surveillance
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9300-07-M-3011
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

X-ray computed tomography (CT) is used to evaluate the integrity of solid rocket motors (SRM's) used in the missile defense fleet. There is a need for better visualization of bondlines of materials, and detection of flaws, especially in the SRM's dome region. This problem is due to partial volume effects inherent in CT instruments. This project will develop and investigate algorithms and computer programs for compensating for these problems. At the core of the approach is a deconvolution algorithm that improves 3D image resolution along the axial direction. The Phase I project will include the following: (1) mathematical formulation of candidate algorithms, (2), implementation of a computer simulation of the partial volume effects, (3), implementation and testing of choices of algorithms, and (4), experimentation to demonstrate the feasibility of detecting bondline flaws. The Phase II project will implement the computer program, and test this program with CT image data from the CT Facility at the Hill Air Force Base.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy J. Holmes
CEO
5182837637
holmes@lickenbrock.com

Business Contact:

Maria Holmes
CFO
5182837637
maria@lickenbrock.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

LICKENBROCK TECHNOLOGIES LLC
105 Jordan Rd. Troy, NY 12180

EIN/Tax ID: 205320386
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No