Data Fusion of Eddy Current, Ultrasonic, and Radiographic Data

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-5216
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-079-1972
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-079
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
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:
David Forsyth
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
dforsyth@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The availability of large area robotic scanners for nondestructive inspection (NDI) techniques such as ultrasound (UT) or eddy current (ET) and intrinsically area-based techniques such as digital radiography (DR) or thermography have changed the inspection process in the depot and field. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin), in collaboration with Computational Tools Inc., Victor Technologies LLC. (VTL), and The Boeing Company, propose to develop a software tool and associated database structure to perform application-optimized data fusion and mining for NDI data. The TRI team will 1) develop the capability to perform automated defect detection and classification using individual and multiple (i.e. before and after repair, depot cycle interval) automated UT or DR inspections of the B-1B horizontal stabilizer, using existing data to be supplied by the AF, 2) develop the requirements for databases to enable the implementation of these data analysis/fusion algorithms along with data mining in the high throughput environment of the AF depot, 3) document how the basic analysis/fusion capability developed in the first goal can be extended to additional applications of interest to the USAF, such as general corrosion-induced material thinning in multilayered aircraft structures.

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