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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Inline-Inspection for Both Circumferential Cracking and Axial Stress Using EMAT Guided Wave

    SBC: ULC Robotics, Inc.            Topic: 20PH1

    There is a persistent need to improve the inline inspection (ILI) technology to identify accidents before they occur. Circumferential cracks could be induced by land movement or extensive residual stress. ILI tools that can detect circumferential crack detection and measure bending stress are still lacking in the market due to limited research funding on this topic. PHMSA is preparing regulatory r ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  2. Intelligent Door Operation System (IDOS)

    SBC: NEWPORT SENSORS INC            Topic: 20FR3

    To address the passenger safety concerns related to the recent incidents of inadvertent railcar door opening, this SBIR project develops a low-cost Intelligent Door Operation System (IDOS).By installing small ultrasonic proximity sensors beneath side doors and linking them to the door control circuit, IDOS ensures that doors will not open unless their sensors detect the presence of a platform. The ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  3. Ballast Seismic Property Analyzer (BSPA) for Railway Substructure Modulus and Assessments

    SBC: Earth Science System LLC            Topic: 190FR1

    This project involves building and demonstrating a wireless seismic system for assessing the condition of railroad ballast.The system is designed for portability and ease of use by non-specialized personnel. It is based on the well-known multi-channel analysis of surface waves (MASW) method. The system consists of a seismic source and an array of receivers. The source will be empirically optimized ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  4. Wireless Pore Water Pressure and Soil Moisture Sensor

    SBC: ESENSORS INC.            Topic: 190FR2

    Inadequate drainage is of concern to many construction sites, road embankments, retaining walls, dams and, for this proposal, railroad roadbeds. Soil stability and ability to withstand stress is affected by pore water pressure and soil moisture content but these quantities can be monitored by sensors. The specific needs of a roadway (or highway) installation is a pore pressure sensor capable of dy ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  5. Combined Cleaning and Guided Wave Inspection System for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

    SBC: ULC Robotics, Inc.            Topic: 180PH2

    Pipeline operators employ cleaning tools for improving product throughput, inhibiting corrosion, and preparing their pipes for inline inspection. For many pipeline risk models, improving the scope and quality of input data is a long-term process. If the combined cost of pigging and inspecting was low and could be done simultaneously, pipeline operators would be encouraged to perform inspections mo ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Transportation
  6. Combined Cleaning and Guided Wave Inspection System for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

    SBC: ULC Robotics, Inc.            Topic: 180PH2

    Combined Cleaning and Guided Wave Inspection System for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines 3/20/2018 For this SBIR we will develop a machine vision system which uses onboard standard-resolution cameras in vehicles to identify and read barcode signs on the roadside. The proposed approach could provide a low-cost solution that make connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology viable for rural areas ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Transportation
  7. Environmentally Neutral Electric Bike Share System

    SBC: INNOVATIVE DYNAMICS INC            Topic: 142OS1

    IDI is proposing an electrically assisted e-bike system, designed to increase the usage of bicycles for daily commuting. This design is intended for usage alongside traditional bike share programs in cities across the country. The primary benefit is attract those otherwise unwilling to use bicycles to commute, either due to personal reservation or perceived terrain difficulties. This is accomplish ...

    SBIR Phase II 2016 Department of Transportation
  8. Using Alternative Energy to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Production in the Transportation Sector

    SBC: INNOVATIVE DYNAMICS INC            Topic: 142OS1

    IDI is proposing an electrically assisted e-bike system, designed to increase the usage of bicycles for daily commute, specifically targeting areas and demographics with below average bicycle usage, and adverse weather conditions. This design is intended for usage alongside traditional bikes in bike share programs across the country. The primary benefit is attract those otherwise unwilling or unab ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  9. Parking-Cruising Caused Congestion & Targeting Public Mitigation Investments

    SBC: NELSON/NYGAARD CONSULTING ASSOCIATES, INC.            Topic: 142FH2

    Cruising for parking is a problem that cities have long struggled to address. Recent efforts by the FHWA in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and other cities have advanced the state of knowledge but large gaps remain. This project seeks to address these important gaps by using GPS traces, GPS-augmented travel surveys, and GPS traces with driver video to quantify the extent of cruising, and ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  10. Intelligent Dimension Evaluation and Alerting System (IDEAS)

    SBC: INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC MACHINES CORPORATION            Topic: 111FH3

    Low or narrow bridges are often hit by legal-sized commercial vehicles and oversize vehicles often strike regulation bridges. In both cases the accidents result in extensive property damage, possible personal injuries and even death, and increased traffic congestion. Past attempts to warn drivers of risks for bridge hits have failed due to inaccurate measurement, high rates of false alarms, or s ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Transportation
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