Ultrasound Camera for Rapid, Simple NDE of Rotor Blade Assemblies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number: N072-118-0567
Amount: $908,042.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-118
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
1738 Elton Rd., Suite 218, Silver Spring, MD, 20903
DUNS: 964507834
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marvin Lasser
 (301) 431-2911
Business Contact
 Robert Lasser
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (301) 431-2905
Email: blasser@imperiuminc.com
Research Institution
Based on the success of our Phase I SBIR, Imperium, Inc., with Boeing and Bell Helicopter, is submitting this proposal for the development of a field portable low cost ultrasound camera for the rapid, simple inspection for disbonds in helicopter rotor blades. As composites become more prevalent in programs such as the V22 or H1, the need for inspection of these structures is vital. Presently, there is no easy to use, simple device for maintenance personnel to find defects in blades, especially by non-specialists at the Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC’s). The inspection process is slow and labor intensive, taking many hours to perform the inspection with poor resolution. The Imperium device alleviates these issues. Specifically, we will design, build, test, and deliver a through transmission ultrasound camera device for internal blade defect detection which requires minimal training. The device will be used in a ‘dry’, or non-immersion mode. To use the device, the inspector will simply place the device over the area in question and begins scanning. A large area image will be formed. A 12”x12” area will be covered within one minute. The image quality generated is far superior to that of conventional A-scan systems or phased array ultrasonics.

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