Ultrasound Camera for Rapid, Simple NDE of Rotor Blade Assemblies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$908,042.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number:
N072-118-0567
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-118
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
IMPERIUM, INC.
1738 Elton Rd., Suite 218, Silver Spring, MD, 20903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
964507834
Principal Investigator:
Marvin Lasser
Chairman
(301) 431-2911
lasserm@imperiuminc.com
Business Contact:
Robert Lasser
President & CEO
(301) 431-2905
blasser@imperiuminc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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