REMOTE AERIAL INSPECTION OF BRIDGES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,997.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14117
Agency Tracking Number:
14117
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
28603 Trailriders Dr, Rancho Palos Verde, CA, 90274
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Julian Wolkovitch
President
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OF THE OVER 600,000 HIGHWAY BRIDGES AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 RAILROAD BRIDGES IN THE U.S., MANY ARE DIFFICULT TO INSPECT BECAUSE OF LIMITED ACCESSIBILITY. REMOTE INSPECTIONBY UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES MAY PROVIDE A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, BUT INVOLVES CONSIDERATIONS OF VEHICLE SUITABILITY (HELICOPTER, BLIMP DUCTED FAN VEHICLE), THE BRIDGE LOCAL ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, AND THE TYPE OF CONTROL (RADIO, OR FIBER OPTICS VIA A TETHER). THE PROJECT OBJECTIVES ARE TO ANALYZE THE SUITABILITY OF VARIOUS TYPES OF VEHICLE AND CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR BRIDGE INSPECTION TASKS. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELECTION OF AN OFF THE SHELF VEHICLE, OR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW VEHICLES AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS WILL BE MADE. THE STUDY WILL PRODUCE QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENTS OF COMPETINGVEHICLES WITH REGARD TO THEIR SUITABILITY FOR BRIDGE INSPECTION, AND MAY LEAD TO EXTENSIVE CIVIL AND MILITARY USEOF SUCH VEHICLES.

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