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Laser Diode Profilometer for Remote Measurement of Ice Shapes

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
32269
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
32269
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MetroLaser, Inc.
22941 Mill Creek Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653-1215
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: Laser Diode Profilometer for Remote Measurement of Ice Shapes
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $79,954.00
 

Abstract:

Rapid and accurate assessment of the degree of ice accretion on aerodynamic surfaces is a critical need in the aerospace industry. Even minimal accretion of ice can drastically affect the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and represents a serious safety risk factor. We propose a novel non-contacting optical profilometer system based on laser diodes in a unique configuration to measure both ice accretion thickness and surface shapes rapidly and with high accuracy. The operation characteristics of the laser diode and the system configuration are selected to maximize accuracy and to avoid artifacts from sub-surface reflections. High speed data acquisiton rates make it possible to measure rotating surfaces and sub-millimeter resolution makes the instrument attractive for commercial spin-off applications such as in automated inspection and assembly.

Principal Investigator:

James E. Millerd, Ph.d.
7145530688

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Metrolaser
18006 Skypark Circle #108 Irvine, CA 92714

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