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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0346
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-022-0094
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T022
Small Business Information
AlphaSense, Inc.
28 Hillstream Road, Newark, DE, 19711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
808480086
Principal Investigator
 Pengcheng Lv
 Senior Scientist
 (302) 294-0116
 pengcheng@alphasense.net
Business Contact
 Xin Zhang
Title: President
Phone: (302) 294-0116
Email: xin@alphasense.net
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
 Digby MacDonald
 Center for Electrochemical Sci
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 863-7772
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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