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In-line Inspection of Welds used for Wind Turbine Tower Assembly

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94511
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
90625
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: In-line Inspection of Welds used for Wind Turbine Tower Assembly
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85456
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Current manufacturing processes can not meet the worldwide demand for wind turbines. One of the bottlenecks involves the stringent inspection requirements for the welds used for wind turbine tower assembly. Current inspection techniques, which are labor intensive, are applied after the process is complete. This project will develop a laser ultrasonic technique for the inspection of the welds used in tower assembly. The technique will be a completely noncontact process, ideally suited for automated in-line inspection. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The proposed inspection technique should enable the manufacturing of wind turbines at lower cost and increase the number of towers available each year. Related techniques also could be used for the inspection of turbine blades

Principal Investigator:

Marvin Klein
Dr.
4242636361
sbirproposals@intopsys.com

Business Contact:

Lothar Kempen
Dr.
4242636362
randdoffice@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:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No