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Laser Ultrasonic Inspection of Adhesive Bonds Used in Automotive Body Assembly

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81016
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
81181S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Laser Ultrasonic Inspection of Adhesive Bonds Used in Automotive Body Assembly
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84545
Award Amount: $749,999.00
 

Abstract:

Adhesive bonding is widely used in automotive production, especially for body assembly. During the manufacturing process, it is critical to be able to measure the strength of adhesive bonds in a nondestructive, effective, and rapid manner. However, there is no current means for inspecting these bonds in real time. This project will apply technique of laser ultrasonics for real-time adhesive bond inspection during body assembly. Laser ultrasonics offers high measurement speed without contacting the part. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of single-side inspection for mapping the adhesive, and for measuring adhesive thickness and bond strength. Phase II will design and assemble a prototype inspection system, and test it on a full scale auto body. At the conclusion of Phase II, a full specification for a turnkey system will be delivered. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: An adhesive bond inspection system would allow greater use of adhesives in auto body manufacture, thereby adding strength and reducing weight.

Principal Investigator:

Marvin Klein
Dr
3102164046
sbirproposals@intopsys.com

Business Contact:

Sandy Honda
Ms
3105307130
shonda@intopsys.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 954626794
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No