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A NEW RADIOGRAPHIC CORROSION INSPECTION CAPABILITY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
942
Program Year/Program:
1985 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
942
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aracor
425 Lakeside Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94086 0470
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1985
Title: A NEW RADIOGRAPHIC CORROSION INSPECTION CAPABILITY
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $496,121.00
 

Abstract:

CORROSION OF EQUIPMENT AND MATERIAL IS AN UNBIQUITOUS NATIONAL PROBLEM COSTING THE U.S. ECONOMY OVER $70 BILLIONS ANNUALLY. REALTIME RADIOGRAPHY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF SEVERAL PROMISING NEW NDE TECHNOLOGIES BECAUSE OF ITS POTENTIAL ABILITY TO SOLVE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF EXISTING CORROSION INSPECTION PROBLEMS. YET, IN SPITE OF ITS POTENTIALL ADVANTAGES, REAL-TIME RADIOGRAPHY HAS NOT YET DEMONSTRATED A SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER ABILITY THAN OTHER COMPETING MODALITIES TO DETECT THE EARLY STAGES OF CORROSION WHEN CORRECTIVE ACTIONS CAN MOST EFFICIENTLY BE TAKEN. A DUAL-ENERGY RADIOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUE IS PROPOSED WHICH WILLL SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE THE CORROSION DETECTION AND DAMAGE ASSESSMENT CAPABILITIES OF REAL-TIME SYSTEMS. THE MAIN ADVANTAGE OF THE PROPOSED METHOD IS THAT IT IMPROVES THE CONSPICUITY OF DETAIL IN A DIGITAL IN A DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY BY GREATLY REDUCING THE STRUCTUAL NOISE IN THE IMAGE. THE IMPROVED SENSITIVITY OFFERED BY DUAL-ENERGY METHODS COULD ALTERNATIVELY BE TRADED FOR AN EQUIVALENT DETECTIBIITY AT A MUCH LOWER DOSE LEVEL, AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION FOR ON-BOARD OR IN-SITU INSPECTIONS. IN ADDITION, THE DUAL-ENERGY RADIOGRPAHY ALSO ALLOWS THE USER TO IDENTIFY MATERIALS IN THE OBJECT UNDER EXAMINATION.

Principal Investigator:

James H. Stanley
4087337780

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Research & Applctns
1223 East Arques Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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