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Development of an Ultrasonic System for the Reliable Detection and Sizing of Sustained Load Cracks in Aluminum Cylinders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: 404
Agency Tracking Number: 30887
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
56 Hudson Street
Northborough, MA 01532
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth C. Bishop
 General Manager
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Research Institution

The feasiblity of developing a PC based, pulsed ultrasonic test system for the economical and reliable testing of aluminum cylinders for sustained load cracking is addressed. A system consisting of a host PC, ultrasonic pulser/receiver and data acquisition hardware, control and analysis software, and transducer fixture for accurate positioning is proposed. In addition to the system development, specific testing protocol will be established which will aid in identifying specific areas which Phase II development would focus on.

Specific problems which will be addressed include the establishment of test specifics to assure repeatable, 100% crack detection of the suspect area, accurate defect sizing techniques to be used in establishing accept/reject limits and lastly, a controllable inspection process which will ultimately lend itself to widescale commercialization.

All development will be performed with the ultimate outcome being that of a rapid, inexpensive, highly reliable test, suitable for wide scale use at cylinder re-test facilities throughout the United States (Phase III).

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