In-Situ Failure Analyzer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,546.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0230
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-019-0401
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-019
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Integrated Systems Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Shilpa Pradhan
Team Leader
(310) 320-3088
EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To address the Navy need for an innovative failure analysis method, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to advance the development of a novel In-Situ Failure Analyzer (INFLA) system proven feasible in Phase I. The INFLA system is based on the innovative integration of a compact, ruggedized optical shearographic detection system with advanced image-recognition algorithms. In Phase I, we achieved tangible and practical results to effectively analyze cracks already detected in metallic aircraft structures and determine the causes of failure in real time without access to the crack face. To meet Navy"s specific requirements, we used a proof-of-concept INFLA prototype to differentiate the crack due to cyclic (fatigue) loading from that caused by one-time (static) overload. In Phase II, we plan to further mature and develop a full-scale INFLA system that implements integrated hardware and software to test the cracks in metal samples and/or cracks of known origins in actual flight hardware. POC plans to automate the process for characterizing cracks and to improve the algorithm for crack characterization. We aim to accurately predict failure mechanism by differentiating the types of cracks found in metallic structures: fatigue cracks, overload cracks, or stress corrosion cracks.

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