SBIR Phase I: Non-Contact Mini-Micrometer for Use in Difficult-to-Access Areas

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,993.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0539716
Agency Tracking Number:
0539716
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Intelligent Optical Sys
2520 West 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Valdimir Rubtsov
Dr
(310) 530-7130
sbirproposals@intopsys.com
Business Contact:
Lothar Kempen
Mr
(310) 530-7130
lkempen@intopsys.co.
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes the development of a Non-Contact Stereo Mini-Micrometer (SMM) for remote visual inspection (RVI) applications. The proposed device will be used as a complementary tool that can be delivered through the instrument channel of conventional endoscopes to provide quantitative 3D evaluations of difficult-to-access internal cavities. The SMM will utilize a traditional triangulation stereo-measurement technique, but unlike the well-known method that produces stereo-images with two identical optical systems, the stereo-pair in SMM will be introduced via a single objective lens and a tilting, optically transparent plate in a MEMS configuration. The proposed approach will allow the outside diameter of the device to be downsized, will simplify the measurement algorithm, and will dramatically reduce the cost. The major applications of the SMM will be in the remote visual quantitative evaluation of difficult-to-access cavities in a variety of industrial systems. The primary uses will be in the non-destructive evaluation of aircraft, spacecraft, transportation, electrical power production, and heavy machinery, and in all areas where endoscopic RVI quality assurance and/or scheduled maintenance is required. The second broad area of application is in manufacturing, where intermediate and end product quantitative on-line evaluations are required, but the areas to be inspected are not accessible with traditional optical micrometers.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government