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Man-Portable Multifrequency Microwave Inspection System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-011-0143
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-011
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Man-Portable Multifrequency Microwave Inspection System
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7353
Award Amount: $149,769.00
 

Abstract:

To address the MDA"s need for a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) system for nonconductive composite multilayer stacks, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new man-portable multifrequency microwave inspection (M3I) system based on the use of POC"s near-field microwave inspection module with custom-developed Fourier holographic property reconstruction algorithm augmented by an artificial neural network. The innovation in real-time parameter extraction based on complex reflectometry measurements will enable the M3I system to simultaneously identify structural defects (e.g., inclusions, voids, and disbonds), material layer thickness for manufacturing verification, and layer-by-layer RF properties (complex permittivity and permeability) in the S-X bands. Based on microwave inspection and utilizing commercial-off-the-shelf components, M3I is safe, inexpensive, and compact. As a result, the fully integrated M3I system is anticipated to be a man-portable tool to extract multi-layer composite properties, thus enabling high fidelity modeling and meeting MDA requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the M3I system by developing a concept system design for all-in-one, layer-by-layer composite structural and RF NDE. We will demonstrate the system performance through modeling, simulation, and assembly of a laboratory prototype. In Phase II, POC will develop a portable prototype of the M3I system for bench and field testing.

Principal Investigator:

Juan Hodelin
Director
(310) 320-3088
EOSproposals@poc.com

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No