Extraction of Rocket Propellant Physical Properties Via Computed Tomography

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$749,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
F04611-01-C-0049
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2001
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
001PR-1628
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
ARACOR
425 Lakeside Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
082911843
Principal Investigator
 Robert Frankle
 Manager, Advanced Technol
 (408) 733-7780
 frankle@aracor.com
Business Contact
 Ed LeBaker
Title: Sr.V.P. and Chief Operati
Phone: (408) 733-7780
Email: lebaker@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this SBIR project is to develop enhanced capabilities to evaluate solid rocket motors (SRMs) using x-ray computed tomography (CT) inspection. In Phase I, approaches were defined for developing technology to improve CT inspectioncapabilities. In Phase II, the technology will be developed and incorporated in practical tools to be delivered to OO-ALC at Hill AFB, where Air Force missile SRMs are inspected. Improvements will be made in the acquisition, analysis and visualization ofCT data. A suite of statistical analysis tools will provide capabilities to quantitatively characterize, analyze, and compare CT data from one or more SRMs. The volume visualization toolkit will create realistic three-dimensional images of features, suchas flaws and aging effects. Tele-CT capabilities for network collaboration will enable Hill AFB engineers to easily share CT data and consult with other experts on the interpretation and evaluation of CT inspection results. Successful completion of thisPhase II project will improve Air Force capabilities to detect features in an SRM with CT inspection and to evaluate the effect of these features on SRM integrity.

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