The US Army and other DOD forces occasionally need to breach reinforced concrete structures. PSI has been awarded a contract by the US Army to develop a novel Radar for Accelerated Breaching of Concrete Structures (RABCS). The system will build on combined decades of R&D in Deployable Structures, Multi-Static Radar Image Processing, and Structural Material Engineering at PSI and our partners.
There are several existing methods to assess the structural properties and predict reinforcement but each of these methods has specific deficiencies (e.g. to loud, too large, too inconsistent). Ground penetrating radar is a promising technology for non-destructive concrete substructure characterization but currently requires significant training to operate the devices and properly interpret the results. To address the US Army need for an easy and rapid evaluation tool, Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop the Radar for Accelerated Breaching of Concrete Structures (RABCS). This device will use a deployable multi-static radar antenna and machine learning techniques to make a single 3D scan of a concrete volume then algorithmically locate, classify, and display actionable information.
PSI will leverage over a decade of R&D in wideband deployable antennas, combined with our university partner’s work in medical multi-static radar imaging, to design a system that meets US Army requirements. During the Phase II program, PSI will finish the full radar design and fabricate a prototype system for field-testing against large, representative concrete structures.
For more information contact:
Dr. Peter Warren
Executive Vice President, Materials Division
Physical Sciences Inc.
Office: (978) 689-0003
Acknowledgement of Sponsorship: This work is supported under a contract with the Army Research Office. This support does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the Government.