Status Report

NASA Technology Transfer Opportunity: New Probe for Detecting Deep Flaws in Structures

By SpaceRef Editor
May 1, 2012
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Synopsis – Apr 30, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: TTO0995
Posted Date: Apr 30, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 30, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
Current Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 927110
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 12, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA solicits interest from companies interested in obtaining license rights to commercialize, manufacture and market the following technology. License rights may be issued on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis and may include specific fields of use.


NASA Langley has developed a new nondestructive evaluation probe to detect small fatigue cracks prior to the onset of widespread fatigue damage. The detection of deeply buried fatigue cracks in thick multilayer structures like airplane wings continues to be a challenge for the nondestructive evaluation community. This new technology leverages the low frequency magnetic field sensitivity of giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensors to identify subsurface cracks up to 1 cm deep. The handheld probe has been tested, and NASA Langley is seeking partners to license and commercialize it.

To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to Sean Sullivan, Research Triangle International (RTI), at: NASA Langley Research Center, Strategic Relationships Office (SRSO), 17 West Taylor St., Mail Stop 218, Building 1212, Room 110 Hampton, Virginia, E-mail:, or phone: 757-864-5055. Please indicate the date and title of the FBO notice and include your company and contact information.

RTI is responsible for aggregating and acknowledging all responses. These responses are provided to members of NASA Langley’s Innovative Partnerships Office within the SRO for the purpose of promoting public awareness of our technology products, and conducting preliminary market research to determine public interest in and potential for future licensing opportunities. If direct licensing interest results from this posting, SRO will follow the formal licensing process of posting in the Federal Register as required. No follow-on procurement is expected to result from responses to this Notice.

Point of Contact

Name: Sean Sullivan
Title: Technology Transfer Liaison
Phone: 757-864-5055
Fax: 757-864-8101

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