Modular, High Precision, Digital Measurement System for Hypervelocity Projectiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-06-M-0113
Agency Tracking Number: F061-300-1351
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-300
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
DUNS: 073804411
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vivek Nagarkar
 Group Leader, Senior Scientist
 (617) 668-6801
 vnagarkar@rmdinc.com
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: President
Phone: (617) 668-6801
Email: gentine@rmdinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The high penetration power of X-rays permit imaging through smoke, fire and metal, and enables precise recording of a test event under the harshest conditions. The advent of high flux flash x-ray systems has enabled a unique method of imaging very fast events on a 20 to 50 nanosecond scale that cannot be captured using normal photographic techniques. As such this technique is well suited for, and is used for, tracking hypervelocity projectiles. Unfortunately, current film based systems are non-real time, require elaborate calibration, occupy large space in the experimental chamber, need excessive process time, and are prone to errors in data analysis. To address these issues we propose to develop a high precision, large area, digital X-ray imaging system based on a novel scintillator, a high-resolution readout, and finely focused, flash X-ray sources. Two orthogonally oriented systems will instantaneously measure projectile orientation parameters with a high degree of accuracy. All the system components will be portable, rugged, and modular, and will be located external to the chamber thereby minimizing the space and access time requirements. The Phase I research will demonstrate the feasibility of the core technology and will provide a detailed plan for the Phase II system development.

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