NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H13.01-8878
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced NDE Modeling and Analysis
PROPOSAL TITLE: NDE Big Data Framework

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733 - 6201
(512) 263-2101

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. David S. Forsyth
dforsyth@tri-austin.com
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733 - 6201
(512) 263-2101 Extension :223

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Annette Pizzini
apizzini@tri-austin.com
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733 - 6201
(512) 263-2101 Extension :215

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Advanced NDE Modeling and Analysis is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NDE data has become "Big Data", and is overwhelming the abilities of NDE technicians and commercially available tools to deal with it. In the current state of the art in industrial practice, there is no integration of the NDE data into design data, NDE models, and structural integrity models for a holistic structural capability assessment. Our proposal responds to these issues described in the subtopic H13.01, Advanced NDE Modeling and Analysis.

TRI/Austin, Iowa State University's Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), and Computational Tools are teaming to develop a coherent set of tools for NDE and SHM data: the NDEToolbox™. The significance of the innovations are that these sets of tools enable "big data" methods to be applied to NDE, and to integrate NDE within the digital thread of design, manufacturing, and operation of large composite structures for space and aerospace applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The two main categories of NASA applications are in support of in house R&D, and in the inspection of structures for NASA applications by NASA or its suppliers.

Simple file management does not support contextual searching or Big Data tools, and the Databrowse component of the NDEToolbox™ will answer that problem. HDF5 formatting will enable storage of data that outlasts proprietary vendor formats, while supporting advanced tools like Databrowse and optimized routines for reading, writing, and searching in Python, the language of NDEToolbox™. Existing databases or network storage facilities can be accommodated without changes.

The implementation of NDEToolbox™ in Python is by definition and by our choice an open source implementation. The plug-in architecture provides a simple path for many customizations. The basic, everyday needs of opening, viewing, processing NDE data will be at hand and will be open for the researcher to understand and extend as needed.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
We envision three main categories of users for the NDEToolbox™ outside of NASA. The first category is universities. University laboratories like those at CNDE suffer from the same issues of data management and the need to have access to their data for research purposes. By making NDEToolbox™ open source and easily extended, we hope to gain traction in the university community and to benefit from contributions of additional technology back to the NDEToolbox™.

Other commercial laboratories and government R&D laboratories share many of the same needs as NASA and can similarly benefit.

Finally, we do see the possibility for commercial implementations of specialized sets of algorithms, such as those being developed by Computational Tools and TRI/Austin for suppliers to the F-35 program.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Composites
Diagnostics/Prognostics
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Quality/Reliability
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)

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