Ultrasonic Guided Wave for Long Range Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Corrosion Induced Defects in Shipboard Piping with Complex Geo

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0170
Agency Tracking Number: N054-032-0066
Amount: $99,424.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: N05-T032
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
FBS, INC.
2134 Sandy Drive Suite #14, State College, PA, 16803
Duns: 168596554
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Avioli
 Vice President
 (814) 234-3437
 Mavioli@fbsworldwide.com
Business Contact
 Michael Avioli
Title: Vice President
Phone: (814) 234-3437
Email: Mavioli@fbsworldwide.com
Research Institution
 PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
 John Hanold
 Office of Sponored Programs
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 863-0768
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
FBS, Inc has identified the gaps, challenges, and technical issues related to guided wave inspection of complex shipboard piping systems. Among these are inspection of and beyond elbows, liquid loading both interior and exterior to the piping, and defect cross-sectional-area (CSA) detection of ~ 1%. Well known for wave mechanics modeling analysis, FBS, Inc. has the expertise to cast each of these into a theoretical framework leading to studies for guided wave dispersion curve development, interpretation and subsequent interactions with elbows, liquid loaded pipes, and guided wave scattering from three-dimensional defects. Complimenting such studies, experimental verification of theoretical assertions and inspection demonstrations can be conducted in our laboratory and elsewhere. We also have the unique capability to implement guided wave focusing software and an engineering staff that can design and fabricate appropriate specialty phased array transducers and instrumentation. FBS, Inc. has an excellent working relationship with Pennsylvania State University, where Dr. Joseph Rose, a world class expert in the area of guided wave mechanics and NDE, will be assisting in this project. Through our many years of experience with major NDE service and equipment vendors, we have the connections and ability to quickly enter the path to commercialization.

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