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
Contract: F33615-02-M-5700
Agency Tracking Number: 012ML-0243
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Austin
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
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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