Rapid Inspection of Aluminum Hulls Below the Waterline Using Ultrasonic Guided Waves

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-14-C-4069
Agency Tracking Number: N111-057-0170
Amount: $1,039,943.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N111-057
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
3340 West College Ave., State College, PA, 16801-2503
DUNS: 168596554
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Owens
 Director of Engineering
 (814) 234-3437
 Sowens@fbsworldwide.com
Business Contact
 Michael Avioli
Title: Vice President
Phone: (814) 234-3437
Email: Mavioli@fbsworldwide.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently available hull thickness sensors use ultrasonics and provide coverage of a single point on the hull. The sensor must then be moved over the hull while the thickness readings are monitored to detect thin areas of hull plate. These systems generally contain array type sensors; however, they are not suitable for underwater applications because of the electronics and the precision involved. FBS is proposing to develop a novel guided wave phased array transducer for large area inspection from a single probe position. The newly designed sensor could be used by divers or integrated into an underwater remotely piloted vehicle to interrogate large sections of the hull for corrosion.

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