Multimodal Acoustic Tool for Inline Pipe Inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 6913G619C100055
Agency Tracking Number: 180PH1005II
Amount: $994,865.95
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 180-PH1
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-17
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Rd , Hanover, NH, 03755-3116
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Francisco Valentin
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 640-2354
 FIV@Creare.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The United States has a vast network of pipelines used for fuel transport. This infrastructure, installed in 1950–1970, is one of the largest in the world. Yet poor/missing records of the materials used, combined with the overall age and associated environmental degradation effects, often results in unsafe operation. Current non-destructive inspection techniques are only capable of detecting material defects and corrosion. Indentation techniques can only determine material surface properties, and introduce surface defects, which could initiate cracks. Therefore, in response to this critical unmet need, Creare proposes to develop a hybrid tool, capable of determining true material toughness through the cross-correlation of independent measurement techniques. During Phase I, we proved the feasibility of our novel multimodal approach, demonstrating measurement of material fracture toughness with high accuracy on fielded samples at the Pipeline Research Council International. Our Phase I results attracted the attention of several technology developers, pipeline operators, and community experts who have extended their in-kind support. In Phase II, we propose to develop a complete multimodal device, culminating with several field demonstrations at actual pipeline dig sites. The use of this tool will allow pipeline operators to comply with strict federal inspection regulations overseen by PHMSA.

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