ROLLING DEFLECTION AND ELEVATION SENSOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$52,690.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14990
Agency Tracking Number:
14990
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12340 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Till W Liepmann
Principal Investigator
(213) 820-2200
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
AN INNOVATIVE, AUTOMATIC METHOD FOR RAPIDLY AND ACCURATELY MAPPING RUNWAY LOAD DEFLECTION TOPOGRAPHY IS PROPOSED. THIS TECHNIQUE FEATURES A STATIONARY PROPRIETARY ELEVATION REFERENCE AND ROVING SENSOR. THE SYSTEM MAPS THE DEFLECTION OF THE TESTED SURFACE USING A LOADED WHEEL. BECAUSE THE SYSTEM PROVIDES A LEVEL REFERENCE PLANE, DIRECT DEFLECTION MEASUREMENT OVER LARGE PORTIONS OF A RUNWAY CAN BE MEASURED IN A CONTINUOUS FASHION. THE ROVING SENSOR ACQUIRES ALL DEFLECTION AND POSITIONAL INFORMATION IN REAL-TIME FOR SUBSEQUENT ANALYSIS BY A STANDARD MICROCOMPUTER. THE FINAL OUTPUT IS USED FOR RUNWAY REPAIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT. THE LOADED SENSOR WHEEL ON THE ROVER CAN BE ADJUSTED TO SIMULATE A RANGE OF DEFLECTION LOADINGS. THE SENSOR COULD BE A SELF-PROPELLED AUTOMATIC ROBOT. THIS SYTEM DIRECTLY MEASURES DEFLECTION (NOT RADIUS OR CURVATURE), IS LOW IN TECHNICAL RISK, AND COULD USE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE COMPONENTS FOR A LOW COST-TO-DEVELOP SYSTEM.

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