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Detecting Substandard, Nonconforming, Improperly Processed and Counterfeit Materiel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-17-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number: L2-0118
Amount: $998,754.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA15C-001
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-28
Small Business Information
8330 Washington PL NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
United States
DUNS: 800669884
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Eric Biedermann
 Engineering Manager
 (505) 338-2576
Business Contact
 Jeanette Ruiz
Phone: (505) 314-1505
Research Institution
 Sandia National Laboratories
 Pin Yang
P.O. Box 5800 MS0958
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States

 (505) 844-3386
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Vibrant Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) propose to apply Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) to the DLA's need for an NDI method to detect substandard, counterfeit, nonconforming and improperly processed materiel. PCRT collects and analyzes the resonance frequencies of a component to detect structural defects, characterize material, analyze population variation, monitor manufacturing processes, and monitor structural integrity of parts through their service life. In Phase I of the project, Vibrant and SNL demonstrated the feasibility of detecting base material variation and processing variation with PCRT for metallic and nonmetallic components. In Phase II, Vibrant and SNL will continue development of production-level PCRT inspections by demonstrating production-grade testing systems. Cost models and time requirements for implementation will be developed. Vibrant will work with SNL and the DLA to solicit involvement by commercial firms and other DoD agencies. Vibrant has secured partnerships with several commercial firms in the DoD/DLA supply chain for the Phase II effort. The Phase II work will lay the foundation for successful implementation of PCRT inspection in the DLA supply chain and in commercial supply chains during the Phase III transition.

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