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Acoustically/Vibrationally Enhanced High Frequency Electromagnetic Detector for Buried Landmines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-16-P-0043
Agency Tracking Number: A16A-004-0074
Amount: $149,850.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T004
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-11
Small Business Information
5551 Ekwill Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
United States
DUNS: 848970240
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Boutte, PhD
 (805) 683-6414
 dboutte@akelainc.com
Business Contact
 Timothy Halsey
Phone: (805) 683-6414
Email: thalsey@akelainc.com
Research Institution
 Michigan Tech Research Institute of Michigan Techn
 Joseph Burns, PhD
 
3600 Green Ct., Suite 100 \N
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
United States

 (734) 645-1422
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

Laboratory investigations have suggested that acoustically or vibrationally inducing motion in buried targets can aid in improving target detectability through a characteristic response related to differential target motion. This gain is realized by adding an additional degree of freedom, modulation due to motion in the GPR return signal, to use as a discriminating feature. The AKELA team is proposing to further investigate and exploit this phenomenology, focusing on high frequency GPR (375MHz 4000GHz), through simulation and guided laboratory experimentation. This investigation will quantify potential improvements in target detection, classification and clutter discrimination. A man portable system design including key elements of the acoustic and vibration excitation source will be developed using the results of the Phase I investigations. The simulation, experimental and algorithmic results of Phase 1 can inform the extension of the virbationally or acoustically enhanced GPR to longer standoff systems, such as the NVESD forward looking GPR system. The Phase I program focuses on adapting the AKELA teams simulation techniques, algorithms and radar technology to investigate the feasibility and performance benefits of an acoustically or vibrationally enhanced GPR for explosive hazard detection.

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