Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) and Testing of Ceramic Armor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,610.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-08-C-0024
Award Id:
81591
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-186-0737
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8867 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA, 70808
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
157645883
Principal Investigator:
Bob Stakenborghs
Project Manager
(225) 769-2780
bob@evisive.com
Business Contact:
Jack Little
President
(225) 769-2780
jack@evisive.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of the application of a patented microwave scanning device as a portable NDE methodology to perform monitoring of the health of ceramic armor from non-projectile impacts. The scanning process utilizes microwaves as an interrogating beam to penetrate a dielectric material. The microwaves combine and form an interference pattern that is reflected at areas of changing dielectric constant. This method has been used successfully in preliminary studies on many different types of dielectric materials, including monolithic ceramics and samples of Stryker and ASV program armor panels. This method has also been shown to be capable of providing a quick and accurate identification of discontinuities in ceramic material samples. This method permits real time evaluation by inspection from one surface only, through non-contacting encapsulation such as Kevlar or rubber, saving access time and cost. Evisive microwave scanning technology has been demonstrated for the Army through Argonne National Laboratory. The included letter of support from TARDEC refers to that investigation.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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