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A Novel Noninvasive Microwave Sensor for Quantitative Assessment of Degree of Sensitization in Marine Aluminum Alloys

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0346
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-022-0094
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T022
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-06-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-04-30
Small Business Information
28 Hillstream Road, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 808480086
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pengcheng Lv
 Senior Scientist
 (302) 294-0116
Business Contact
 Xin Zhang
Title: President
Phone: (302) 294-0116
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
 Digby MacDonald
 Center for Electrochemical Sci
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 863-7772
 Nonprofit college or university
In this proposal, AlphaSense, Inc. (AI) and the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) detail the development of a novel noninvasive microwave sensor to quantify the DoS in marine aluminum alloys. The key innovations of this proposal include the following: a) DoS quantifications based on the correlation between the surface resistivity with the microstructures of the aluminum alloys, b) measurements of the surface resistivity with highly sensitive microwave cavity perturbation technique, and c) the implementation of a compact and portable sensor system. With such innovations, the merits of the proposed sensor and its advantages over other techniques include: a) Rugged, compact and low cost, b) Sensitive for DoS quantification, c) Noninvasive, d) Real- time analysis capability, and e) Easy and safe to the operators.

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