Real Time Gun Barrel Condition Monitoring for the Future Combat

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-04-C-1032
Agency Tracking Number: A012-0312
Amount: $728,464.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2001
Solicitation Topic Code: A01-009
Solicitation Number: 2001.2
Small Business Information
2134 Sandy Drive Suite #14, State College, PA, 16803
DUNS: 168596554
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Rose
 (814) 234-3437
Business Contact
 Michael Avioli
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (814) 234-3437
Research Institution
Gun barrels in a harsh environment with repeated firing and resulting thermal cycling as in Afghanistan and Iraq, pose a significant threat to our soldiers when cracks emerge in the gun barrel possibly leading to barrel failure and/or explosion. The FBS, Inc. objective for Phase II work is the development of a completely autonomous ultrasonic guided wave technology for a real-time gun barrel damage detection system. An alternative "walk by backpack system" will also be developed. To clarify the approach to the realization of this objective, we convey our understanding of gun barrel wave mechanics, sensor performance and design, and wireless sensor actuation and data acquisition. Guided wave technology as especially suited to the cylindrical and plated (layered) geometry of a gun barrel. Guided waves can be channeled to specific portions of a gun barrel¡_s volume and used to detect defects in those volumes. Advanced sensor design and fabrication will be based on our past Phase I experience, modeling, experimental results, non-obstructive packaging considerations, and robustness for the task at hand. FBS, Inc. will build prototype systems and demonstrate them to the U.S. Army.

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