Bureau of Reclamation Partners with US Army Corps of Engineers and HeroX to Crowdsource Portable Devices for Field Assessment of Composite Structures

March 08 (2021

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) in partnership with US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and HeroX, the leading crowdsourcing platform for solutions to global problems, declares the crowdsourcing competition "The Imperfection Detection Challenge". The challenge calls on the global community of solvers to design portable devices for field assessment of composite structures.
The ongoing use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials for federal civil infrastructure, at both Reclamation and USACE, in applications such as pipelines, tanks, and other specialized equipment takes advantage of composites' excellent corrosion resistance, reduced weight, and other helpful properties. The goal of this challenge is to develop portable tools that use non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods to assess the condition of existing FRP composite structures.

The Imperfection Detection Challenge is a three-phase challenge, with a total prize purse of $380,000. Participants will have the opportunity to build prototype devices and have their prototypes' performance verified in government laboratories. In addition to the prize money, winners will have access to subject matter experts from both Reclamation and USACE, as well as access to potential commercial partners.

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