Development of an Evanescent Microwave Probe Scanner for Detecting and Assessing Corrosion Beneath Painted and/or Sealed Surfaces

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-02-M-5700
Agency Tracking Number:
012ML-0243
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
Russell Austin
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
raustin@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current NDI methods cannot detect corrosion onset in painted/sealed aluminum. TRI/Austin's team, including the Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory and Boeing, has successfully used microwave probes to detect 0.08 mm corrosion flaws inprimed and painted aluminum panels covered with aircraft. However, no fieldable microwave systems exist today.TRI/Austin will:1. Make samples with small (down to 25 microns) machined and corroded pits covered by aircraft primers, paints and appliques2. Experimentally refine inspection parameters for field probes3. Design battery powered, handheld microwave probes and

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