High Resolution, Simple Detection of KC-130J Subsurface Cracks Under Fasteners

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$1,399,987.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0276
Agency Tracking Number:
N072-118-0567a
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-118
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
Imperium, Inc.
5901-F Ammendale Road, Beltsville, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
964507834
Principal Investigator
 Marvin Lasser
 Chairman
 (301) 431-2900
 lasserm@imperiuminc.com
Business Contact
 Robert Lasser
Title: President
Phone: (301) 431-2900
Email: blasser@imperiuminc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This proposed program is meant to develop a reliable method for finding subsurface cracks under fastener heads of the KC-130J. Structurally critical areas like the wing box and rainbow fittings do not currently have a reliable method to detect these cracks before they grow too large and become a danger to the mission. If left unchecked, these cracks can grow to a potentially catastrophic size. This project will use Imperium"s high resolution ultrasound camera as the basis for a mechanically scanned system which will pass over hundreds of these structures and provide real time feedback. During this project Imperium will design and build the system, perform a probability of detection (POD) study, and deliver the system to the Navy. At the conclusion of this project the system will be a production ready automatic system with built in detection software to alert the user of the presence of defects. The system will generate images of cracks in 1st and 2nd layers structures down to 0.100".

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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