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Acoustic Internal Automated Concrete Tie Tester

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 6913G623P8C0058
Agency Tracking Number: DOT-23-FR1-006
Amount: $149,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 23-FR1
Solicitation Number: 6913G623QSBIR1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-08-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-16
Small Business Information
153 Clinton Road
Sterling, MA 01564
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benson Armitage
 (978) 563-1327
 barmitage@ndtcorporation.com
Business Contact
 Brian Pailes
Title: Principal Engineer
Phone: (813) 501-0050
Email: brianp@vcservices.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

NDT Corp. will take the currently developed ACTT system, which can accurately assess the internal condition of concrete crossties and increase its speed.FRA 23-FR1 requests a system that at high speeds can assess both the internal and external condition of concrete crossties.Currently there are systems that can perform the external assessment at the required speeds.However, there is no system that can perform the internal assessment at these speeds.NDT Corp. has already developed and verified a procedure and system that can accurately assess the internal condition concrete crossties using a form of pulse velocity testing at a limited speed of 3 mph.For Phase I NDT Corp. proposes to take the parts of the ACTT device that are limiting its speed and advance them so that the ACTT system will be able to collect data at high speed.This will require changing the energy source from the current tapper to a noncontact method and accurately capturing the crosstie response at speed which will require advancing the microphone and noise reduction procedures.Phase I will be to advance the ACTT system to the required speeds to perform the complete crosstie inspection with the already existing external systems.

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