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Fast High Resolution, High Contrast Microfocus X-Ray Computed Tomography Reconstruction Algorithms for ICBM Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-19-C-2005
Agency Tracking Number: F171-055-1026
Amount: $732,564.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF171-055
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-25
Small Business Information
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Newark, CA 94560
United States
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tobias Funk
 (510) 592-3000
Business Contact
 Gene Napolitano
Phone: (510) 592-3000
Research Institution

Nondestructive testing (NDT) with Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is of increasing importance for parts inspection in industrial applications. The Air Force uses CBCT to inspect small components in ICBM systems for a host of different detection tasks. The objective of the proposed work is to develop a robust, user-friendly software product that performs high resolution CBCT reconstructions with automated artifact correction. Building upon the successful prototype developed in Phase I, the proposed software product will incorporate an iterative reconstruction algorithm that will enable high-quality reconstructions with dramatically reduced data acquisition times. It will additionally include sophisticated beam hardening and ring artifact correction algorithms that will be automatically tuned to achieve the best possible image quality in the reconstructions. The utility of the new reconstruction software will be shown on phantom data using a machine learning algorithm to assess the overall improved image quality. At the end of this Phase II contract we will deliver a product level CBCT reconstruction software.

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