Portable Active Thermographic Coating Inspection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5711C10010
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT5711C10010
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 091FH2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5709RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-02-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-08-21
Small Business Information
502 Ayrles Ave. NW, LEESBURG, VA, 20176-9813
DUNS: 167503593
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Fuchs
 (703) 737-3871
Business Contact
 Paul Fuchs
Title: President
Phone: (703) 737-3871
Email: paul.fuchs@fuchsconsultinginc.com
Research Institution
This proposal seeks to produce a unique thermographic coating inspection system that is customized for the inspection of bridge coatings.  The system uses active thermography where IR sources are used to provide controlled heating to a coating system.  The presence of a defect in a coating system will result in differences in heat flow, which can be imaged with an infrared camera.  An off-the-shelf embedded infrared camera module is used to create a customized system.  This system can cover a wide area and provide easy-to-interpret images.  The system is unique in that it is low-cost, low-weight, small-sized, fully-integrated, and specifically customized for coating inspection.  There are no commercial systems that provide a fully-integrated active thermographic inspection system for bridge coatings.  The proposed system is small and light-weight such that it can be deployed as a hand-held unit, on a pole-mount, or a vehicle-mast.  The system will be used to inspect bridge coating systems and will provide data in a manner that is currently not possible.  The coat and ease-of-use of the system make it usable by typical DOT personnel.  The project team has considerable experience in the bridge inspection industry and has a history of development of NDE tools for bridge inspection.

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