Remote Acoustic Signatures Analyzer for Sealed Container Inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A081-009-0022
Amount: $729,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-009
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, 90501
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Naibing Ma
 Director
 (310) 320-3088
 EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the Army need for a noncontact long-standoff inspection system with the capability to identify the interior fills of a sealed container, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Remote Acoustic Signatures Analyzer (RASA) capable of noncontact identification of toxic industrial chemicals (TIC), explosive mixtures, and chemical warfare agents as well as their physical form (gas, liquid, or solid) and fill level in containers. The proposed RASA is based on the unique integration of a state-of-the-art acoustic excitation source, laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV), signal processing electronics, and efficient classification algorithm. The innovations in RASA will enable the system to operate beyond 10 meters with a high probability of detection (>99.9%) and a low false alarm rate (<0.1%). RASA will be compact (14 in. x 8 in. x 8 in.), lightweight (<16 lb), and suitable for field applications. In Phase I, POC designed, analyzed, and fabricated a breadboard prototype, and, using the prototype, successfully identified the fill level, state, and fill materials in containers, thus demonstrating the feasibility of RASA. In Phase II, POC proposes to develop a fully functional and portable beta system or a brass-board prototype that provides the above required capabilities.

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