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Wet Film Thickness Sensor/Device for Navy Platforms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75205
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-068-0246
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Systems and Materials Research Corporati
1300 West Koenig Lane Suite 230 Austin, TX 78756-1412
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Wet Film Thickness Sensor/Device for Navy Platforms
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-05-M-0155
Award Amount: $69,999.00
 

Abstract:

Measuring dry film thickness (DFT) with microwave nondestructive evaluation (MNDE) to ¿ mil accuracy has been demonstrated by SMRC's recently introduced K-band MNDE DFT tool. Extending to wet film thickness (WFT) measurement over unknown DFT requires a dual-sensor approach. X-band data for WFT over DFT in high solids paint (80% Zn) are promising - changes in microwave response as the paint dries are clear indications that SAPACS WFT measurements are feasible. In Phase I three X-band MNDE sensors will be built with standoffs from 4" - 6" with at least 1/2 mil accuracy in WFT over DFT, and 1/4 mil over metal substrates. SMRC proposes to build a detailed SAPACS WFT measurement model to support developing a design that minimizes systematic and random noise due to SAPACS motion and hull morphology. Sensor calibration data for WFT and DFT will be collected for single and multiple layers and types of hull paints. The X-band units will be combined into a dual-sensor system in Phase I Option as a pre-prototype SAPACS WFT MNDE measurement tool. The WFT measurement model will be continuously updated with DFT/WFT calibration and sensitivity data, making it a realistic, valuable design tool for Phase II development.

Principal Investigator:

Alan V. Bray
President/Principal Scientist
5122630822
alanbray@systemsandmaterials.com

Business Contact:

Alan V. Bray
President/Principal Scientist
5122630822
alanbray@systemsandmaterials.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SYSTEMS & MATERIALS RESERACH CONSULTANCY
19300 Crosswind Circle Spicewood, TX 78669

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Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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