AUTOMATED SEAL FLAW DETECTION

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12136
Amount: $494,951.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12001 Network Blvd Suite 200, San Antonio, TX, 78249
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas M. Lew
 Engineer
 (512) 692-7062
Business Contact
 JAMES L. RAND
Title: PRESIDENT & CEO
Phone: (512) 692-7062
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AUTOMATED REAL-TIME FLAW DETECTION SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING HEAT SEALS OF SCIENTIFIC BALLOONS. SEVERAL MEASUREMENT DEVICES WILL BE LABORATORY TESTED FOR THEIR ABILITY TO DISTINGUISH A FLAWED SEAL SAMPLE FROM A GOOD SEA. MEASUREMENT DEVICES UNDER CONSIDERATION ARE PASSIVE THERMAL WAVE DETECTION, THERMAL WAVE THROUGH-TRANSMISSION, AND OPTICAL THROUGH-TRANSMISSION. BASED ON THE TEST RESULTS, THE BEST METHOD FOR OUR APPLICATION WILL BE DETERMINED, THE FEASIBILITY OF FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCEPT WILL BE ASSESSED, AND COMPONENTS FOR A PROTOTYPE SYSTEM WILL BE SPECIFIED.

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