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Multi-Point Optical Sensor-Based Roof Measurement System for Use in Dynamic Rollover Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-08-C-10024
Agency Tracking Number: 07-015
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 07-NH2
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-12-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-06-22
Small Business Information
34 Pierrepont Rd.
Newton, MA 02462-
United States
DUNS: 129150053
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Handman
 (978) 257-2219
Business Contact
 Linda Handman
Title: Vice President
Phone: (857) 636-8512
Research Institution

An optical, non-contact roof deformation monitoring system will be designed based on an existing multi-point, non-contact, multi-axis optical sensor-based measurement system that is currently used to measure chest deflection in crash-test dummies. The research involves determining suitable components to be used in the optical path, from high-power LED arrays through lenses and optical sensors. These components would replace existing parts in order to extend the measurement volume from the small thorax of a crash-test dummy to the larger volume need for measuring dynamic roof crush. The larger measurement volume requires an increase in light energy at the sensors of 100 times that required for the dummy thorax. The project will culminate in the design of a roof monitoring system that can be used to monitor the roof over an occupant's head. Multiple systems could be used in parallel to extend the measurement range to the whole vehicle roof, as well as restraint system anchor points.

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