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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N62583-08-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number: N072-128-0056
Amount: $312,750.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-128
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
1012 Central Avenue South, Kent, WA, 98032
DUNS: 129867144
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Phillip Bondurant
 Vice President, Engineeri
 (253) 872-9500
Business Contact
 Milton Altenberg
Title: CEO
Phone: (253) 872-9500
Research Institution
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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