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MDA awards IAI a new contract to develop a compact, portable, non-destructive inspection system for characterizing manufacturing defects

Structural quality control of pre-fabricated parts and components in a weapon system assembly line is very important for increasing productivity and reducing flawed end products. An effective and flexible Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) tool for highly varying and diverse piece parts made of composite and metallic materials will be very useful. Traditional NDT methods such as Ultrasound Testing (UT), X-ray, Eddy Current (EC) etc. have difficulties in detecting micro-fractures and voids in seams and joints when sensitivity, system portability, and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) rules for electromagnetic radiation within the workplace are considered. IAI has been awarded a new contract entitled, “Portable, Multi-modal Nonlinear Elastic Wave Spectroscopy - Sonic IR (NEWS-SIR) System for Manufacturing Defects Characterization.” The proposed NEWS-SIR system can detect micro fractures and porosities in complex composite and metallic structures. It can scan over large-scale structures with complex geometries and will be much more sensitive to micro-damages than the most commonly used linear ultrasonic counterpart. The final prototype sensor hardware/software will be an effective and low cost way for the non-destructive inspection of manufacturing defects of seams and joints in the weapon system. The proposed technology will be useful commercially as a diagnostic and quality assurance tool wherever complex sealed joints are used.

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Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) is a technology innovation company headquartered in Rockville, MD. We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States and internationally. Leveraging agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and its substantial intellectual property portfolio, IAI excels in developing concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: Air Traffic Management, Big Data and Social Media Analytics, Control and Signal Processing, Cyber Security, Education and Training Technologies, Health Technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Networks and Communications, Robotics, and Sensor Systems. For more information on IAI, please visit www.i-a-i.com.

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