Fiber Coupled Scanned Themographic NDE

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NAS1-02035
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2002
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
013669
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.
845 Livernois Street, Ferndale, MI, 48323
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Steven hepard, PhD
 President
 (248) 414-3730
 sshepard@thermalwave.com
Business Contact
 Rebecca Simpson
Title: Administrator
Phone: (248) 414-3730
Email: rsimpson@thermalwave.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We will investigate the feasibility of thermographic inspection system that employs a small, handheld inspection head, which is swept over an area to be inspected, using IR transmitting fibers and a fiber coupled laser-heating system. The system, if successful, will allow more precise control of heating and data acquisition than current NDE systems allow, and as a result, provide NDE capabilities (in particular, for cracks oriented perpendicular to the sample surface) that significantly surpass the performance of current pulsed or scanned systems. The system will be suitable for either handheld, or robot-mounted operation. The system will utilize a novel signal processing scheme to allow signal to noise comparable to full scale system. The small size and absence of active heating or electronic components in the scanning head will allow inspection of limited access areas, such as radii or tanks, where access is available through a small port, or in environments where hazardous vapors pose an explosion risk.

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