High Resolution Optical System for Nondestructive Evaluation of Airframe Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number: N072-118-0012
Amount: $749,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-118
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
8 Chrysler, Irvine, CA, 92618
DUNS: 188465819
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Markov
 Director of Applied Optic
 (949) 553-0688
 vmarkov@metrolaserinc.com
Business Contact
 Cecil Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Email: cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project seeks to develop a unique instrument for non-destructive inspection (NDI) and defect detection in aerospace composite structures. The instrument architecture is based on integration of a new 2D Matrix Laser Vibrometer (MLV) with an automated data processing and software suite. The principle of the method and technical feasibility of the proposed instrument has already been established, with solutions to the major technical hurdles having been demonstrated. This project lays out a path to practical implementation of a field deployable instrument, based upon integration of customized hardware components and dedicated data processing and handling software. The core technology comprises a Matrix Laser Vibrometer (MLV) which enables high-speed capture of spatial vibration patterns including random or transient processes. This feature of the MLV is unparalleled by existing optical methods, significantly exceeding their operational capabilities in terms of speed, resolution and sensitivity. The program effort will also focus on implementation of a comprehensive method which estimates the probability of defect detection (POD), which will assist efforts to identify and optimize the key system design parameters.

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