Hand-Held Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) Scanner for Composite Missile Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-10-C-0071
Agency Tracking Number: N101-011-0071
Amount: $147,686.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-011
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
QUEST Integrated
1012 Central Avenue South, Kent, WA, 98032
DUNS: 129867144
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Giovanni Nino
 Director, Composites NDT
 (253) 872-9500
Business Contact
 Milton Altenberg
Title: CEO
Phone: (253) 872-9500
Email: Altenberg1@cs.com
Research Institution
In order to inspect and assess the structural integrity of highly curved composite structures, as those being introduced on the new generation of missile systems, a hand-help inspection tool is being proposed. This device will use a flexible ultrasonic array that can conform to the missile topologies and perform the inspection without couplant. Novel additive manufacturing technologies would be used to produce a light and compact device. Images of the inspected area would be available in near real time to facilitate damage assessment and can be displayed using conventional LCDs or a heads-up device. The hand-held could be used to rapidly inspect both flat and curved surfaces not only on missiles but also on rotor blades, leading edges and even composite pipeline structures.

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