Terahertz Imaging Detection of Delamination and Water Intrusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-07-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number: F061-346-2788
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-346
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
2925 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
DUNS: 788133387
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Zimdars
 Mgr - Terahertz R&D
 (734) 864-5639
 dzimdars@picometrix.com
Business Contact
 Robin Risser
Title: CFO
Phone: (734) 864-5605
Email: rrisser@picometrix.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to develop, test, and deliver a portable time domain terahertz (TD-THz) radome inspection system. This system will utilize the TD-THz detection methods, which were demonstrated in Phase I to identify water intrusion and delamination in radome panel composite structures. The system will be sufficiently easy to handle by radome climbers. By detecting and mapping defects in these advance composite structures we expect to provide a tool to gauge the current state of performance of the structure. This will allow emergent maintenance needs to be addressed. The system will consist of two main components: 1) a man portable TD-THz control unit (based on proven fiber optic coupled TD-THz technology) which will remain at the radome zenith access hatch, in a lift, or on the ground; and 2) a lightweight hand-held multi-channel TD- THz reflection imager and display connected to the control unit by a light weight fiber optic umbilical. The operator will scan the radome panel by “swiping” the unit across a stripe area on the outside (or inside) surface of the radome. The radome’s laminar structure, highlighting water intrusion and delaminations, will be shown on a display.

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