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Sensor Torch Based Adaptive Intelligent Control for Circumferential Welding of…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
78598
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N053-154-0070
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADAPTIVE INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
A020B ASTeCC Building University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 40506
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Sensor Torch Based Adaptive Intelligent Control for Circumferential Welding of Pipes
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-06-M-0100
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Orbital pipe welding systems can function like skilled welders, to certain extent, who can move the torch very smoothly/evenly. However, their adjustment of welding parameters is not a true emulation of skilled welders who observe the weld pool and adjust welding parameters based on the observation of the weld pool rather than simply the location around the clock. This SBIR project aims at the development of an adaptive intelligent control technology which can adaptively adjust welding parameters based on an observation of the weld pool surface like a skilled welder but does not require the torch be moved smoothly/evenly. One of the major innovations associated with the proposed technology is a so-called "torch sensor" which can measure the depth of the weld pool surface like a skilled welder. This sensor torch can be carried by a human welder and can last "forever" as a regular welding torch does. Another major innovation is the so-called quasi-keyhole technology which achieves the desired weld joint penetration every cycle so that the response of the control system to fluctuations/variations in welder's operations and joint preparation etc. is truly real-time. Phase I project is designed to verify the feasibility of the proposed technology.

Principal Investigator:

YuMing Zhang
President
8592238058
ymzhang@engr.uky.edu

Business Contact:

YuMing Zhang
President
8592238058
ymzhang@engr.uky.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADAPTIVE INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
2636 Fireside Circle Lexington, KY 40513

EIN/Tax ID: 061766871
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No