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Portable Active Thermographic Coating Inspection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5709C10040
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT5709C10040
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 091FH2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5709RSBIR1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 1905-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 1905-07-02
Small Business Information
502 Ayrles Ave.
Leeburg, VA 20176
United States
DUNS: 167503593
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Fuchs
 President
 (703) 737-3871
 paul.fuchs@fuchsconsultinginc.com
Business Contact
 Paul Fuchs
Title: President
Phone: (703) 737-3871
Email: paul.fuchs@fuchsconsultinginc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

<p>This proposal seeks to produce a unique thermographic coating inspection system that is customized for the inspection of bridge coatings.&nbsp; This system uses active thermography where IR sources are used to provide controlled heating to a coating system.&nbsp; The presence of a defect in a coating system will result in differences in heat flow, which can be imaged with an infrared camera.&nbsp; An off-the-shelf embedded infrared camera module is used to create a customized system.&nbsp; This system can cover a wide area and provide easy-to-interpret images.&nbsp; The system is unique in that it is low-cost, low-weight, small-sized, fully-integrated, and specifically customized for coating inspections.&nbsp; There are no commercial systems that provide a fully-integrated active thermographic inspection sytem for bridge coatings.&nbsp; The proposed system is small and light-weight such that it can be deployed as a hand-held unit, on a pole-mount, or a vehicle-mast.&nbsp; The system will be used to inspect bridge coating systems and will proide data in a manner that is currently not possible.&nbsp; The coat and ease-of-use of the system make it usable by typical DOT personnel.&nbsp; The project team has considerable experience in the bridge inspection industry and has a history of development of NDE tools for bridge inspection.</p>

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