Advanced Electromagnetic Induction (EMI) Techniques for Buried Explosive Hazard Detection and Characterization

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$517,573.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W909MY-14-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5497
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-040
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
White River Technologies
1242 Chestnut Street, Newton, MA, 02464-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
078673633
Principal Investigator:
Greg Schultz
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-6151
schultz@whiterivertech.com
Business Contact:
Edmund Reiter
President
(617) 851-6152
reiter@whiterivertech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Abstract: Due to the highly variable, often clutter-ridden, and sometimes hostile environments in which Buried Explosive Hazards (BEHs) reside, the challenge of clearing areas through mounted or dismounted operations is a formidable one. The improvised nature of re-used munitions and detonating devices, as well as the variability of homemade explosives constituents requires a technology capable of detecting signatures associated with a range of threats that include deeply buried ordnance and explosives, non-metallic homemade explosive compounds, and low-metal improvised trigger mechanisms. Existing metal detector capabilities for vehicles within the Route Clearance Squad provide limited detection for deep-buried and low-metal or non-metallic threats. Recent advances in Electromagnetic Induction (EMI) sensor technology offer several new capabilities that could address many of the current BEH detection capability gaps. Specifically, the development of sensors that provide rich spatial, temporal and spectral information offer unparalleled detection and characterization capabilities. The objective of our Phase II work is to leverage several of these advanced technologies to demonstrate a modular forward-mounted BEH detection system for integration within the Route Clearance Squad. We will demonstrate an approach that applies multi-frequency and multi-axis EMI hardware to enable detection of deep-buried metal targets and low-metal or non-metallic main charge constituents.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government