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Hybrid Optic&Microwave Mass Gauging for Collapsible Tank

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 400 Rockville, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Hybrid Optic&Microwave Mass Gauging for Collapsible Tank
Agency: DOD
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0316
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Collapsible fabric fuel tanks have been widely deployed in battlefield due to its merits; such tanks are foldable, transportable, rapid-deployable, require minimal site preparation, and are lightweight. Most of the collapsible tanks are made of highly durable fabrics which can survive most extreme conditions. However, the downside of the collapsible tank is the difficulty of accurately quantifying the remaining fuel because of its non-rigid geometry, hindering the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) to meet the goal of 1% accuracy in Fuels Manager Defense (FMD) inventory. Although various approaches have been tried by DESC in past years, none are capable of meeting the 1% accuracy requirement. IAI proposes to develop a hybrid optical & microwave mass gauging system for collapsible tanks. The system would use optical technology to reconstruct the 3D geometry of the tank and use microwave technology to retrieve the ground profile underneath the tank. Thus, fuel volume can be accurately determined as well as the exact tank shape, regardless of factors such as temperature, tank relaxation and uneven ground surface.

Principal Investigator:

Eric V. Doorn
Chief Scientist
(301) 294-5229

Business Contact:

Mark James
Director, Contracts and Proposals
(301) 294-5221
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 400 Rockville, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 042971039
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No