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Laser Scalar Gradiometer for MCM

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Department of Defense
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2001 / SBIR
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QorTek Inc
PA Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Laser Scalar Gradiometer for MCM
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-01-C-4034
Award Amount: $66,507.00


This proposal introduces a dramatic departure from conventional switching technologies. Unlike conventional high-voltage - high load breakers or switchers, the new technology possesses no gapping so considerations of arc quenching and gap size arenon-issues. Unlike conventional breakers used by the Navy, the proposed technology does not rely on any mechanical interrupt mechanism. The novel approach offers an order of magnitude higher interrupt speed than previously noted as achievable in theliterature or in available product specifications for existing U.S. Navy breaker supplied equipment. Due to its inherent electrical (as opposed to conventional mechanical) operation, this technology is amenable to remote condition-based maintenance onboard ship. Remote implemented high-speed computer commanded interrupt or 2nd or 3rd tier shipboard management systems operators can achieve reset. The interrupt and reset speed are only constrained by the load sensing technology. Recent advances such inhigh-speed current load sensing, including recent research by the Navy itself, now offer remarkably fast triggering capability that will enable ultrafast interrupt, thereby minimizing both thermo-mechanical shock at the breaker itself.The proposed researchwill leverage recent advances by QorTek Inc. and Penn State University in polymers actuator design, piezoelectronic power systems and digitally controlled condition-based maintenance.The proposed is being developed with no cost mechanical support from ourcommercial partner Protek-Viking (see attached letter). The proposed technology directly fits in the main business areas of both QorTek and Face Corporation. Protek-Viking is currently developing a major launch of piezo-actuated circuit breaker productswith multiple pending patents on the designs. The proposed technology development is directly in-line with this product launch.

Principal Investigator:

Bruce Bower
VP Engineering

Business Contact:

Cathy Brooke
Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

4121 Jacks Hollow Road Williamsport, PA 17702

EIN/Tax ID: 232954664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No