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Radar for Accelerated Breaching of Concrete Structures (RABCS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-23-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A2-9459
Amount: $1,149,862.46
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A21C-T012
Solicitation Number: 21.C
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-07-19
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alexander Mednick
 (978) 738-8137
 amednick@psicorp.com
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Email: marinelli@psicorp.com
Research Institution
 The University of Texas at Austin
 Yvette Butler
 
201 E. 24 St. Stop C0200
Austin, TX 78712-0027
United States

 (512) 232-4259
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

The US Army and other DOD forces occasionally need to breach reinforced concrete structures. There are several existing methods to assess the structural properties and predict reinforcement but each of these methods has specific deficiencies (e.g. to loud, too large, too inconsistent). Ground penetrating radar is a promising technology for non-destructive concrete substructure characterization but currently requires significant training to operate the devices and properly interpret the results. To address the US Army need for an easy and rapid evaluation tool, Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop the Radar for Accelerated Breaching of Concrete Structures (RABCS). This device will use a deployable multi-static radar antenna and machine learning techniques to make a single 3D scan of a concrete volume then algorithmically locate, classify, and display actionable information. PSI will leverage over a decade of R&D in wideband deployable antennas, combined with our University of Texas partner’s work in medical multi-static radar imaging, to design a system that meets US Army requirements. During the Phase II program, PSI will finish the full radar design and fabricate a prototype system for field-testing against large, representative concrete structures.

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