Microwave Mapping-Transparency Sensor System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-C-5014
Agency Tracking Number: F121-123-1499
Amount: $3,999,932.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF121C-123
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Compass Technology Group
4790 Converse Ct, Marietta, GA, -
Duns: 968612858
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kathleen Maloney
 (678) 461-9654
Business Contact
 Kathleen Maloney
Title: President
Phone: (678) 461-9654
Email: kate@compasstechgroup.us
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Aircraft transparency systems such as canopies incorporate conductive layers that provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. These conductive layers require inspection during manufacturing and throughout the life of the aircraft to ensure proper electrical performance is achieved and maintained. Current manufacturing inspections are conducted manually, are time consuming, and do not cover 100% of the transparency surface. Compass Technology Group (CTG) proposes an expanded Phase II effort to develop and demonstrate a new concept in microwave nondestructive evaluation (NDE) in support of the Air Force"s requirement for transparent conductive canopy coating testing. The offered design specifically addresses the need for high-fidelity measurements of defects and manufacturing variations in aircraft windows in both factory and in-service (depot and field) environments. This recommended concept is easily automated while still providing improved sensitivity over a broad frequency range when compared to existing measurement methods, the proposed Phase II program not only develops the measurement concept but also includes advanced development of automation of the technology so that it is fully demonstrated in the manufacturing environment by the end of the effort. BENEFIT: This Phase 2 effort concludes with the installation and testing of a production MM-TSS at a manufacturing facility. It provides a fully operational system for immediately meeting the Air Force need for QA testing of advanced transparencies. Thus there will be a developed product line that can then be leveraged for improved QA testing of other advanced transparencies. Additionally, it provides a near-term route for realizing advanced canopy testing systems for use in Depot and Flight-line environments. Finally, the technology developed here also has immediate application to radome testing and could be a disruptive influence in both the improved manufacture and maintenance of RF radomes across many platforms.

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