Reliable Portable Device for Inspection and Assessment of Guy Cables Supporting Tall Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$312,750.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N62583-08-C-0088
Award Id:
82834
Agency Tracking Number:
N072-128-0056
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1012 Central Avenue South, Kent, WA, 98032
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129867144
Principal Investigator:
Phillip Bondurant
Vice President, Engineeri
(253) 872-9500
philb@qi2.com
Business Contact:
Milton Altenberg
CEO
(253) 872-9500
altenberg1@cs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Corrosion within guy cables is a significant problem to the Navy. It is particularly difficult because the corrosion often initiates from within the cable and may not be visually apparent from the outside. Of course even if the corrosion was visually apparent from the outside, installed guys can only be visually inspected through the use of a telescope from the ground. This problem is not limited to Navy antennas. There are many other guyed commercial antennas as well as other structures around the world that are aging and suffering corrosion issues. QUEST plans to develop a crawler and a separate towed inspection vehicle that can be installed on the guy at ground level and then climb the full length of the guy and return. Inspection results from the guy can be then analyzed. Separating the crawler from the inspection vehicle provides a general purpose device that could carry any properly configured payload to the top of the guy.

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