Awards

$549K

Compressive Sampling Applied to Millimeter-wave Single Detector Imagers

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A14A-T003
Budget: 01/28/16 - 01/27/17
PI: Mr. Russell Austin

In Phase I, TRI/Austin teamed with Missouri S&T to investigate and refine several technologies, i.e. synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging algorithms; advanced Compressive Sensing (CS) techniques; innovative imaging hardware; under-sampling; etc, as they apply to high speed millimeter wave imaging. These investigations were supported by both m...

$500K

Alternative Energy Sources for Heating Rations

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N141-001
Budget: 11/03/15 - 05/03/17
PI: Harry Perkinson

Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes to develop, evaluate, and commercialize an alternative tray ration heating system (ATRHS) that will utilize heat from diesel engine exhaust. The heat from the vehicle exhaust will be used to directly heat the water in the ATRHS or stored in heat storage modules for later use. The heat st...

$750K

Automated Surface Microstructure Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Process for Aerospace Materials

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF141-169
Budget: 09/14/15 - 09/14/17
PI: Mark Warchol

ABSTRACT:Building upon its successful effort to identify grain structures in titanium alloys, in Phase II, TRI/Austin will use a combination of highly focused polyvinylidene floride (PVDF) ultrasonic (UT) transducers and high gain amplifiers to perform ultrasonic backscattering measurements to identify signals corresponding to the grain structur...

$750K

Methodologies for Predicting Dormant Missile Reliabilities

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF141-185
Budget: 08/25/15 - 11/24/17
PI: Frank Zeller

ABSTRACT:Reliability of weapon systems through periods of storage dormancy has long been a significant concern to military organizations. The trend in missile systems over previous decades has been toward greater sophistication, complexity, and longer periods of dormancy while in transportation and storage. Consideration of these makes assessmen...

$150K

Automated Assessment of Damage to Infrastructure

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF151-008
Budget: 08/03/15 - 05/03/16
PI: Michael Mazurek

ABSTRACT:Current battle damage assessments for post energetic events are often reliant on subjective observations and can take time to gather a complete picture of the damage and the remaining useful life of the tactical structure. TRI/Austin proposes to develop an automated damage assessment toolkit that can reduce analysis time and provide a ...

$79.9K

Fat Line Tow Cable

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N151-037
Budget: 07/21/15 - 01/17/16
PI: Mr. Rock Rushing

The Navy's TB-16 array consists of an acoustic detector array that is towed by a cable that serves a direct towing function and also contains sensor communication lines. Strength members are employed within the cable to carry tension loads. High performance polymeric fiber reinforcement is used for the Light Weight Tow Cable (LWTC) that has sign...

$150K

Nondestructive Method and Data Analysis for Organic Matrix Composite Leading Edges

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF151-129
Budget: 07/08/15 - 07/08/16
PI: Mr. David Forsyth

ABSTRACT:Highly curved composite aerospace components are very difficult to inspect using the typical inspection techniques available in the factory or maintenance depot, and much less so in the field. This results in designing to accommodate potentially large defects, which results in additional weight and cost. TRI/Austin has teamed with Io...

$123K

NDE Big Data Framework

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H13.01
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Mr. David Forsyth

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 p...

$79.9K

Method for Removal of Airfield Paint Markings and Aircraft Tire Rubber Build-up from Installed AM2 Mat Surfaces

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N151-022
Budget: 06/11/15 - 12/15/15
PI: Mr. John D. Bulluck

Portable landing strips in the field have non-skid coated mats (AM-2) that must connect to one another and coated with reflective traffic paint in order to simulate an airport runway. Removal of the traffic paint must be done periodically for maintenance, as well as when moving these AM-2 mats from one location to another. The main difficulty in...

$80K

Reliable, Safe, Lithium-ion Battery Enabled by a Robust Battery Management System

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Johns Hopkins University

Agency: Navy
Topic: N15A-T001
Budget: 06/10/15 - 11/16/15
PI: Rengaswamy Srinivasan

Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) teaming with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory proposes to develop a robust battery management system (BMS) based on technology that a) non-invasively maintains the internal states (SoC, Rint, Tint and Ecv) of each cell in the battery well within the safety limits at all times, b) es...

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