Modeling of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Processes for Reliability Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-5216
Agency Tracking Number: F081-033-0599
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-033
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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
 David Forsyth
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
The time and cost to perform a comprehensive probability of detection (POD) study are significant and burdensome to the process of deploying new inspection methods and techniques. The complexity and cost of this effort require the development of model-assisted methods to determine the POD of new inspection methods and techniques as they are introduced and maintained as part of a cost-effective maintenance process. TRI/Austin has teamed with other key organizations to demonstrate and validate model-assisted POD (MAPOD) as a technology to speed the development and reduce the costs of POD studies. With participation from Iowa State University’s Center for NDE, Computational Tools Inc., and NDE Technologies Inc.; the TRI Team will design and execute an experimental program to validate models of ultrasonic inspection (UT) of titanium components, and to then validate the MAPOD approach to POD estimation via comparison to a traditional MIL-HDBK-1823 study. The TRI Team will commercialize the validated UT software as part of the existing UTSIM commercial product. In addition, the MAPOD process will be documented and supporting software developed and commercialized to facilitate the use of POD methods from traditional MIL-HDBK-1823 analyses to MAPOD methods.

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