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Nondestructive Concrete Characterization System

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Department of Defense
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2014 / STTR
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NLA Diagnostics LLP
2118 Water Ridge Parkway Suite 275 Charlotte, NC -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Nondestructive Concrete Characterization System
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0010
Award Amount: $501,818.00


During covert operations, the U.S. Army may be required to breach a concrete structure using a controlled explosion. When choosing the most effective charge size and placement, it is vital to perform a rapid field assessment of the material and structural properties of the target structure. However, high strength concrete materials (such as Ultra-High Performance Concrete), including steel fiber reinforcement, may decrease the reliability of existing assessment methods. Therefore, the Army is seeking a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) system which can connect with currently fielded Army systems to identify the following required information: concrete compressive strength ranging from 3 ksi to 30 ksi within 3 ksi; wall thickness up to 6 ft within 1 ft; presence and location of metal substructure (such as steel reinforcement) within 1 ft from the surface; and presence of fiber reinforcement. This project will utilize the commercially available NLA RECON (manufactured by NLA Diagnostics, LLC), which is rugged, portable, and field-ready NDE system. The NLA RECON will utilize ultrasonic pulse velocity, impact-echo, and pulse-echo to meet or exceed the Army"s requirements. Validation and demonstration tests will be performed under laboratory conditions at North Carolina State University, and in the field on in-service concrete structures.

Principal Investigator:

Aldo Bellotti
Director of Engineering
(704) 307-2443

Business Contact:

W. R. Webster
(704) 307-2443
Small Business Information at Submission:

NLA Diagnostics LLP
2118 Water Ridge Parkway Suite 275 Charlotte, NC -

EIN/Tax ID: 270256511
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
North Carolina State University
2701 Sullivan Dr., Suite 240
Campus Box 7514
Raleigh, NC 27695-7514
Contact: Rudolf Seracino
Contact Phone: (919) 513-1735