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A Low-Cost Hybrid Ultrasonic-Radio Frequency (RF) Sensor System for Characterization of Composite Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-14-C-7036
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1992
Amount: $975,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-011
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-30
Small Business Information
407 Upshire Circle, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878-5238
DUNS: 960861958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dan Xiang
 Director of R&D
 (301) 948-8351
Business Contact
 Jennifer Duan
Title: President
Phone: (301) 948-8351
Research Institution
X-wave Innovations, Inc. (XII) along with Iowa State University (ISU), is developing a low-cost, hybrid ultrasonic-radio frequency (RF) sensor (HURFS) nondestructive evaluation (NDE) system to assess most structural issues while simultaneously providing feedback on the layer thickness and RF properties of composite, non-conductive materials in multi-layer stacks. The HURFS approach combines the ultrasonic technology and RF technology. The enabling technology will allow structural defects and RF anomalies detection and identification, thickness measurement, and RF dielectric property characterization for multi-layer composite stacks. For the Phase I program, XII successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed hybrid ultrasonic-RF sensor system. For the Phase II program, XII will focus on continued development of HURFS prototype with improved hardware and software. For the Phase III program, XII will focus on collaborating with our commercial partners to improve and package the HURFS technology into to a turnkey commercially-available system. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7739 (18 March 14).

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