Low-Cost, Full-Field, Surface Profiling Tool for Mechanical Damage Evaluation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-09-C-10044
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-09-C-10044
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 091PH1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5709RSBIR1
Small Business Information
237TH ST, TORRANCE, CA, 90505
DUNS: 33449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marvin Klein
 Manager, Laser Ultrasonics Products Grp
 (424) 263-6361
 shonda@intopsys.com
Business Contact
 Lothar Kempen
Title: Vice President R&D
Phone: (424) 263-6362
Email: shonda@intopsys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Mechanical damage (typically from third party excavations) is the most frequent source of leaks and ruptures in pipelines.  The most common type of mechanical damage is dents, sometimes associated with secondary features such as gouges, external corrosion, or cracks.  Currently used techniques for assessing dents are not accurate enough for reliable determination of fitness for service.  In this project, Intelligent Optical Systems will determine the feasibility of implementing a novel surface-profiling tool for mechanical damage evaluation based on the real-time processing of a single digital image.  This inexpensive, full-field approach provides the full shape of the damaged region with high accuracy, and overcomes limitations in the assessment process.  In Phase I, we will develop detailed proof of principles of the proposed technology, determine precision as a function of lighting and environmental conditions, and determine software and hardware designs.

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