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Fiber Coupled Scanned Themographic NDE

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
56633
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
013669
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.
845 Livernois Street Ferndale, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Fiber Coupled Scanned Themographic NDE
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS1-02035
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

We will investigate the feasibility of thermographic inspection system that employs a small, handheld inspection head, which is swept over an area to be inspected, using IR transmitting fibers and a fiber coupled laser-heating system. The system, if successful, will allow more precise control of heating and data acquisition than current NDE systems allow, and as a result, provide NDE capabilities (in particular, for cracks oriented perpendicular to the sample surface) that significantly surpass the performance of current pulsed or scanned systems. The system will be suitable for either handheld, or robot-mounted operation. The system will utilize a novel signal processing scheme to allow signal to noise comparable to full scale system. The small size and absence of active heating or electronic components in the scanning head will allow inspection of limited access areas, such as radii or tanks, where access is available through a small port, or in environments where hazardous vapors pose an explosion risk.

Principal Investigator:

Steven hepard, PhD
President
2484143730
sshepard@thermalwave.com

Business Contact:

Rebecca Simpson
Administrator
2484143730
rsimpson@thermalwave.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.
845 Livernois Street Ferndale, MI 48323

EIN/Tax ID: 383076506
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No