Development of a Structural Damage Assessment System (MSC P6021)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,934.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-06-C-4135
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-054-0724
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-054
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
MATERIALS SCIENCES CORP.
181 Gibraltar Road, Horsham, PA, 19044
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
075537910
Principal Investigator:
Anthony Caiazzo
Vice President and Techni
(215) 542-8400
tony@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact:
Thomas Cassin
President
(215) 542-8400
cassin@materials-sciences.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current methods for conducting non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of U.S. Navy structures require significant time and manpower. Inspections are typically carried out via point-by-point measurement techniques that sometimes require erection of significant scaffolding to access the structure and which, by their very design, are susceptible to missing possibly important information if the sampling grid-work is too coarse. Furthermore, current methods for storing and manipulating inspection data gathered on composite structures are cumbersome and rarely linked to analysis tools needed to quantify the damage severity and assess the impact on overall structural integrity. The goal of this SBIR program is to develop and demonstrate a structural damage assessment system (SDAS) designed to quickly provide data on the health of a composite structure. The concept proposed by MSC integrates traditional and emerging wide-area inspection techniques with wireless device(s) that transfers data to specialty analysis software using an 802.15 protocol that processes the information and returns the health assessment. The benefits of validated and verified SDAS include lower cost (due to reduced time and manpower required) and more reliable (increased confidence that a critical flaw has not gone undetected) inspections of U.S. Navy and commercial sector composite structures.

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