Complementary Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE)/Testing (NDT) Techniques for Stockpile Reliability Programs (SRP) of U.S. Army Tactical Missile Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$729,880.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-10-C-0111
Award Id:
87106
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-3837
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-028
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
1105 W 163rd Ave, Crown Point, IN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
832183748
Principal Investigator:
Ivan Nesch
CEO
(219) 644-3505
nesch.i@neschllc.com
Business Contact:
Ivan Nesch
CEO
(219) 644-3505
nesch.i@neschllc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The long-term readiness and operability of the U.S. Army tactical missile systems is critically dependent on the development and utilization of new methods to assure full life-cycle components health. Diffraction Enhanced X-ray Imaging (DEXI) technology has the potential to revolutionize x-ray imaging as it produces images with higher contrast than conventional radiography, while reducing the dose multiple times. Developing and utilizing DEXI as a new state-of-the-art NDE/ND will enhance the long-term readiness and operability of the U.S. Army tactical missile systems. In Phase I of this project, the team successfully determined the feasibility of an in laboratory DEXI to meet or exceed the capabilities of existing NDE/NDT techniques. DEXIs superiority over conventional x-radiography to: a) detect flaws, and b) determine dimensions and location, in both carbon and non-carbon based materials was demonstrated. During Phase II of the proposed project, the team will develop, test and optimize a commercial prototype of a DEXI imaging system to detect and accurately determine dimensions of flaws and objects within different carbon based materials.

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