NASA SBIR 2022-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
22-1- Z4.05-1156
Subtopic Title:
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Sensors, Modeling, and Analysis
Proposal Title:
Advanced Damage Criticality Analysis in Complex Structures

Small Business Concern

Antech Systems, Inc.
510 Independence Parkway, Suite 100, Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2828                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Steven Ziola
510 Independence Parkway, Suite 100, VA 23320 - 5180
(303) 913-0959                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Vincent Martinez
510 Independence Pkwy, Suite 100, VA 23320 - 5180
(757) 547-2828                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

Antech Systems proposes to demonstrate a) passive Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems can quantitatively identify, locate, and characterize defects, such as cracks and delaminations, using 3D image correlation, and b) how this innovative approach provides a path to commercialization through a more efficient FEA calculational approach to automate the analysis. The development will incorporate and commercialize the use of NASA-developed numerical methods software to characterize the source and guide the image analysis. The approach adds another dimension to the numerically derived dispersion curve plots by adding the amplitude of each frequency component of each mode into the plots using the modeling. This gives a 3D time/frequency/amplitude dispersion curve plot to perform the analysis with – a first. These theoretical curves, which now fully describe a source (e.g., depth, orientation), are correlated against the wavelet transform image of the waveform excited by the defect to accurately identify the source – aka, facial recognition for waveforms. This approach takes guided wave signal analysis out of the 2D/phase velocity space, moves it into a 3D group velocity image analysis (the natural analysis space for guided waves), and directly ties theory to the wavelet image of the raw signal.

The numerically guided image analysis enables automated inspections of large or complex aerospace structures, provides reliable rapid assessments of the location and extent of damage or defects, and registers NDE results to precise locations on the structure. Structural components, such as heat shields, can be practically monitored. Micrometeoroid impact damage has been extensively researched by NASA, and it is well known that the guided wave modes excited are controlled by penetration depth. The 3D image correlation approach extracts that detailed information automatically for any number of modes to accurately characterize impact damage with no manual inspection required.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):
  • Passive SHM of payloads in transit from point of manufacture to launchpad to space to final station whether orbiting or operating on a moon or planet where constraints on power, weight, and footprint are paramount.
  • Monitor space vehicles and orbiting stations for debris impacts and evaluate the bond line and in-depth integrity of ablative materials, such as heat shields.
  • SHM of composite pressure vessels, composite materials, and other large metallic and composite structures, and Lunar Gateway.
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):
  • Navy, Coast Guard, and Commercial Shipping – Monitoring hull structures for crack propagation at sea, composite high pressure air tanks.
  • Petrochemical Industries – Leak detection in storage tanks and pipeline.
  • Requalification of pressure vessels – Integrity of vessels used for alternative fuels (such as compressed natural gas and hydrogen) to ensure public safety.
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