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Improved Primary Battery Reliability Via Non-Destructive Evaluation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N00178-04-C-1027
Agency Tracking Number: N02-044-01
Amount: $749,846.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N02-044
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-03-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-03-16
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71 16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nabil Elkouh
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 William Baschnagel
Title: Operations Manager
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

Reliable and accurate thermal battery nondestructive evaluation during production and as part of pre-acceptance qualification procedures is central to ensuring that the quality of thermal batteries remains high. Current production inspection practices are inadequate because not only batteries with defects continue to enter the stockpile, but also productivity is adversely impacted. In Phase I, we demonstrated that substantial improvements could be made to vision-based and X-ray inspection of thermal batteries. In Phase II, we propose to deliver (1) a prototype system for reliable vision-based inspection that would be integrated into the production flow and (2) an automated X-ray inspection package that will eliminate subjectivity from and substantially accelerate inspection. Thermal battery quality will improve as a result of the developed technologies, thereby reducing the total ownership costs of thermal battery customers.

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