Terahertz Nondestructive Evaluation and Characterization of Missile Radomes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-P-4311
Agency Tracking Number: N121-073-0272
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-073
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 46, Perry, OK, -
DUNS: 966319738
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John O'Hara
 (505) 231-6877
Business Contact
 John O'Hara
Title: Owner
Phone: (505) 231-6877
Email: john@wavetechllc.com
Research Institution
We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of using time domain terahertz measurements to locate, identify and image defects and material variations within advanced composite materials used in missile radomes. We will investigate the time and frequency domain transmission properties of radome materials to determine their intrinsic terahertz electrical properties and prove the detectability of defects. These and other measurements will also be used to prove high-resolution mapping of the composite material structures. We will generate methods to link measured terahertz properties to estimated microwave electrical properties and radome performance. In particular, we will investigate the limits of these methods in enabling rapid estimation of microwave boresight error and transmissivity using measured terahertz maps. We will finally determine the specifications of a prototype automated terahertz missile radome inspection system requiring minimal human intervention. In Phase II, we will deliver a prototype system providing accurate and consistent defect mapping and estimated microwave radome performance.

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