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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-14-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5497
Amount: $517,573.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-040
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
1242 Chestnut Street, Newton, MA, 02464
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Schultz
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-6151
Business Contact
 Edmund Reiter
Title: President
Phone: (617) 851-6152
Research Institution
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
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government