STTR Phase I: Ultrasonic Guided Wave Phased Array Inspection System for Large Area NDE

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0712301
Agency Tracking Number: 0712301
Amount: $149,121.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: EL
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-598
Small Business Information
143 Hawbaker Industrial Drive, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, State College, PA, 16803
DUNS: 168596554
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Royer
 Mr
 (814) 234-3437
 rroyer@fbsworldwide.com
Business Contact
 Roger Royce
Title: PhD
Phone: (814) 234-3437
Email: rroyce@fbsworldwide.com
Research Institution
 PA State Univ
 Joseph L Rose
 110 Technology Center Bldg
University Park, PA, 16802 7000
 (814) 863-8026
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project aims to enhance large area Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) by exploiting the long-distance propagation capability of ultrasonic guided waves in combination with state-of-the-art phased array technology. Currently, embedded guided wave sensor technology is limited by the inability of low-profile sensors to efficiently excite guided waves that can travel long distances. Novel piezoceramic sensor designs will be incorporated into the phased array system to facilitate large area inspection. The research will demonstrate improved guided wave propagation and inspection capability using novel embedded sensor designs. It will also demonstrate the ability to improve inspection performance using theimproved sensors in combination with state of the art phased array technology.The technology is targeted towards reducing inspection costs in the aerospace, military, storage vessel, and pipeline industries by providing real time, large area inspection. An NDE method that is capable of inspecting large structures from a single sensing position will enhance the electronics and sensors industry by eliminating the need for time-consuming point by point inspections.

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