Comprehensive Hull Inspection and Damage Assessment System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-13-C-6517
Agency Tracking Number: N123-156-0048
Amount: $79,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N123-156
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
Small Business Information
Products and Engineering Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alexander Naumov
 Principal Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Navy need for damage assessment of vehicle hulls attacked by improvised explosive devices, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Comprehensive Hull Inspection and Damage Assessment (CHIDA) system. It comprises infrared (IR) three-dimensional (3D) vision and stroboscopic shearography modules, innovatively integrated into a single device. The proposed standalone system can be mounted on a compact mobile platform or an industrial shop floor. Operation is controlled by a data processor with a fuzzy logic go/no-go decision engine. Innovative implementation of IR techniques in 3D vision and shearography will allow accurate detection of material irregularities in hull and armor due to hidden cracks, work hardening, and stress fractures. The system will operate through paint and chemical-agent-resistant coatings to conduct battle damage assessment and repair (BDAR) analysis. As a result, this CHIDA system offers comprehensive roadside assessment of hull and armor damage to Marine Corps vehicles, which directly addresses the Navy requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the CHIDA system through detection of various types of damage in lab tests on prepared coupons. In Phase II, POC will develop a full-scale fieldable system prototype for effective BDAR inspection of vehicles with blast damage.

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