Dielectric Measuring Tool for Radome Checkout

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$824,428.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8103-07-C-0193
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-327-1791
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-327
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:
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
Phase I showed that the proposed approach can solve the radome checkout problem. A handheld, low power microwave probe was built and tested on radomes containing a variety of flaws that cause radar performance problems, including thickness variations, moisture ingress, crushed core, delaminations and debonds. This system reliably detected anomalies throughout composite thickness from one side. Both simulated and actual retired radomes were tested. Other Phase I experiments show that correctly applied radome paints, as well as previous repairs that passed FFR testing, do not cause false positives. Phase II work includes further refinements of the prototype, ruggedization, field trials at radome repair facilities (both commercial and military) and a complete commercialization strategy. The Phase II system will provide quantitative radar performance data that can be used to determine if the radome will pass FFR testing.

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