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Low-Shock Release Mechanism with Structural Function

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
58980
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0701
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EIC LABORATORIES, INC.
111 DOWNEY ST NORWOOD, MA 02062-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Low-Shock Release Mechanism with Structural Function
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F29601-02-C-0199
Award Amount: $69,974.00
 

Abstract:

"The development of a multi-functional system for release or jettisoning of structures on launch vehicles and spacecraft is proposed. The system acts as both a release mechanism and as a structural component of an assembly prior to release. The primaryinnovation is the use of a high-strength adhesive, recently developed at EIC Laboratories, that is rapidly disbonded from a metallic surface by the application of a low-current voltage to the adhesive-substrate bondline. This electrically disbondingfunction allows the design of delatching and deployment mechanisms that consume very little power and avoids the extensive use of pyrotechnics or other high-energy sources for separating mechanical components. Advantages of the system include: reducedvibration, shock, and pyrotechnic contamination when jettisoning large structures such as fairings; reduced weight, volume and power consumption relative to paraffin-based or shape-memory-alloy thermal or motor-driven delatching mechanisms; and greaterflexibility in the design of space structures and launch vehicles. In Phase I, a low-outgassing version of the adhesive will be developed and incorporated into release mechanisms. The functional performance of the release mechanisms will be evaluated andthe pre-launch, launch, and space-environment stability and disbonding properties of the adhesive determined. Commercial applications in DoD, NASA and commercial launch vehicles and satellites are ant

Principal Investigator:

Michael D. Gilbert
Senior Scientist
7817699450
gilbert@eiclabs.com

Business Contact:

R. David Rauh
President
7817699450
drauh@eiclabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Eic Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street Norwood, MA 02062

EIN/Tax ID: 042497074
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No