TECHNOLOGY:  

Direct Strain Imaging for Structural Health Assessment and Monitoring

AFFILIATION:   Point Semantics Corporation, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Energy & Resilience
Area: Power Generation
Tech Readiness: TRL 6

Tech Brief: PSC’s technology consists of proprietary software operating on digital images acquired by video cameras monitoring visual targets distributed on the surface of the object or infrastructure under inspection. PSC’s technology measures the targets' movement during the object’s deformation, calculating structural strain and displacement in real-time, in three dimensions.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: O&M: The DoD needs to monitor structural integrity and ensure the safety of a variety of critical infrastructure, including power generation equipment, energy storage containers, weapons platforms, and transportation infrastructure. The DoD wants to keep personnel safe and save maintenance costs by replacing manual inspection with automated means. Point Semantics’ TRL 4 sensors will eventually be embedded in systems to monitor their structural integrity over time, sounding the alarm when structural duress exceeds predetermined thresholds. Advantages from deployment include higher safety, lower O&M Costs, and life extension. Design & Test: The DoD and its industrial base want to lower the costs and speed up the process of designing and testing materials and components for new systems. For example, aircraft manufacturers typically use composite materials for applications requiring lightweight, super-strong materials. Testing those materials for defects and predicting where defects will occur remains expensive and time consuming. The Navy developed PSC’s technology to address that problem. PSC’s TRL 6 full field strain measurement product will speed up the design & test process: It is simpler to use, more accurate than any competing technology, and works on components with complex, 3D shapes.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Website: http://www.pointsemantics.com