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Company Information:

Company Name: Image Acoustics, Inc.
City: Cohasset
State: MA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (781) 383-2002

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,708,301.00 22
SBIR Phase II $4,959,566.00 9
STTR Phase I $289,618.00 3
STTR Phase II $984,020.00 2

Award List:

Low Profile Motion Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. John L. Butler
Award Amount: $69,784.00
Abstract:
A low-profile low-cost electro-acoustic velocity detector for pressure release mounting will be modeled and developed. Because of the pressure release condition, the detector must be sensitive to the velocity component of the incoming wave rather than the pressure which vanishes on a pressure… More

Underwater Acoustic Intensity Probe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
An underwater acoustic intensity sensor will be developed and modeled. Acoustic intensity sensors measure the power flow magnitude and direction; and thus, may be used to locate sources of sound. The unit will use a moving coil velocity detector imbedded in syntactic foam for buoyancy. Two… More

Innovative Broadband Transducer Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. John L. Butler
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
An innovative, compact, lightweight, broadband transducer for Navy surface combatants in littoral environments is presented. Broadband transducers can introduce difficult electrical driving conditions if the coupling coefficient is not sufficiently high. The proposed device uses a modified… More

High Efficiency, Broadband, Acoustic Transucer/Arrays for Various Underwater Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr. John L. Butler
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
An innovative deep submergence low frequency, broadband transducer forefficient operation is presented. The transducer uses a multiport concept (U.S. Patent 5, 184, 332) which allows back radiation to arrive in phase with the forward radiation and allows broadband depth independent operation. … More

Directional Underwater Acoustic Communications Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler
Award Amount: $69,856.00

Actuators and Transducers from Single Crystal Piezoelectric Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler
Award Amount: $69,990.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr John L Butler
Award Amount: $557,684.00

Directional Underwater Acoustic Communications Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler
Award Amount: $450,795.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/SeniorScientist
Award Amount: $69,946.00

Trusted Workstation Based on a COTS PC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/SeniorScientist
Award Amount: $598,025.00
Abstract:
In Phase I we developed ring driven X-spring feasibility models, which operate at 3.5 kHz and also developed finite element models for planned UUV operation in the frequency band from 300 to 500 Hz with a source level of 205 dB. In Phase II we willoptimize the design and develop a robust X-spring… More

Innovative Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials for Acoustic Window Applications (MSC P1B16-102)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/SeniorScientist
Award Amount: $69,952.00
Abstract:
Objectives of this program include the development of magneto-active materials that yield improved performance, such as greater strain and reduced hysteresis loss, when compared to the current parameters of the magnetostrictive material Terfenol-D. Wepropose to consider the use of a recently… More

Compressed Internet Protocol (IP) Data Via Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) Satellite Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/SeniorScientist
Award Amount: $99,910.00
Abstract:
An ultra wideband conformal array module will be developed and designed for use on submarines. The band of interest is 10 to 85 kHz with a 450 steering capability without grating lobe structure. A power density of 11 watts/cm2 over the frequency band isdesired. The goal is to include the transducer… More

Ultra wideband active acoustic conformal array module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President /Senior Scienti
Award Amount: $499,243.00
Abstract:
"In Phase I we presented a new type of wide band transmission linetransducer, which covers the frequency band from 10 kHz to 85kHz. PZT and PMN-PT drivers were evaluated for low power, at 3w/cm2, and higher power, at greater than 11 watts/cm2, operationrespectively. The element length is small… More

Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloy Hybrid Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: VIRGINIA POLYTECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,845.00
RI Contact: Dwight Viehland
Abstract:
There is a need for an improved ferromagnetic shape memory alloy, FSMA, performance. Although the current material is capable of producing large strains up to 6%, the force capabilities are low and typically less than 10MPa blocking stress which needs to be improved. The desire is to improve this… More

Single Crystal High Power Source for Torpedo Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,846.00
RI Contact: Richard J. Meyer Jr
Abstract:
There is a need to develop a broad bandwidth, high-power single-crystal based transducer array for use as a combined echolocation and countermeasure towed source. The high coupling coefficient single crystal piezoelectric material, such as PMN-33%PT, has the advantage of considerably higher… More

Naval Device Applications of Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for improved acoustic performance at the low end of the required ADC MK4 frequency band to ensure countermeasure effectiveness against the ever increasing threat to U.S. submarines. Image Acoustics Inc. has teamed with Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems (UEOS), the… More

Naval Device Applications of Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the Navy's vision for the Next Generation Countermeasure (NGCM) by demonstrating the feasibility of a 3-inch diameter ADC MK4. Image Acoustics, an innovator in transducer design with seventeen U.S. patents, has teamed with Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems (UEOS), the… More

Naval Device Applications of Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for a compact, low frequency, broadband, towed high power source for active detection and localization capability on U.S. Navy surface ships. Image Acoustics, an innovator in transducer design with seventeen U.S. patents, has teamed with Ultra Electronics Ocean… More

High Frequency Broadband Hybrid Transducer/Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,665.00
Abstract:
There is a need to develop a broad-bandwidth, efficient, small compact projector module with integral amplifier that can be imbedded in the hull of an unmanned vehicle or in the coating of a surface combatant or submarine. It should also have the capability of a hydrophone for possible use in a… More

Single Crystal High Power Source for Torpedo Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $486,860.00
RI Contact: Richard Meyer
Abstract:
Our Phase I studies show that a single crystal drive material, PMN-28%PT, is a good candidate for the power wheel transducer based on the demonstrated improved power factor performance and reduced size. The power wheel uses as unitary central tail mass with eight piezoelectric stacks driving eight… More

Materials and Device Modeling to Reduce Cost and Time to Exploit Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals in Navy SONAR Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/ Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,940.00
Abstract:
This SBIR proposal addresses the need for a transducer design methodology to reduce the cost and time for inserting into Navy systems innovative transducers based on relaxor piezoelectric single crystals. Together with the proposal submitted in response to N08-063, it forms a coordinated program… More

User Toolkit for Reducing Cost and Time in the Design of SONAR Systems Using Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/ Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,930.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for a transducer design methodology to reduce the cost and time for inserting into Navy systems transducers based on relaxor piezoelectric single crystals. This goal will be achieved by devising user friendly transducer toolkits to allow sonar systems engineers… More

High Frequency Broadband Hybrid Transducer/Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $449,853.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for a Phase II continuation of the work accomplished Under Phase I Topic SBIR N07-075 Final Report, Contract N00014-07-M-0183 and addresses the requirement for a broad-bandwidth, efficient, small compact projector module with an integral amplifier that can be imbedded in the hull of… More

Naval Device Applications of Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $761,428.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR Proposal addresses the Navy"s vision for the Next Generation Countermeasure (NGCM) by demonstrating the feasibility of a 3-inch diameter ADC MK4. Image Acoustics has teamed with Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems (UEOS), the current supplier of all expendable acoustic… More

User Toolkit for Reducing Cost and Time in the Design of SONAR Systems Using Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $442,620.00
Abstract:
The primary technical objective will be to develop both moderate and high fidelity transducer computer programs. The moderate fidelity program would allow sonar system designers to evaluate transducers for a given system requirement. Transducer designers would, with more details, design the… More

High Power Continuous Duty Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
There is a need to develop a high power continuous duty, CW, underwater acoustic transducer. Under these operating conditions, transducer heating and fatigue can be the limiting factors in the performance. We propose to investigate these factors, compare two different low frequency transducer… More

High Power Continuous Duty Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $449,983.00
Abstract:
This project addresses the need to develop a high power, continuous duty (or "continuous wave", CW) underwater acoustic transducer. We believe that the Phase I program has established an important contribution to the heat analysis and evaluation of acoustic transducers. This aspect of transducer… More

Low cost acoustic transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Rhode Island
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $149,927.00
RI Contact: Harold T. Vincent
Abstract:
This STTR Proposal addresses the need for a"Low cost acoustic transmitter"that combines an integrated power source, power amplifier, control-circuitry along within an innovative transducer assembly. Our approach is to use a transducer which becomes part of the housing and encloses the… More

Acoustic Vector Projector Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $69,966.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for reduced volume and weight and improved reliability of higher power broadband directional sonar transducer arrays for forward looking ASW and CTDCL systems. It is believed that the Vector Projector can fill this need with both design improvements and… More

Acoustic Vector Projector Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for reduced volume and weight and improved reliability of higher power broadband directional sonar transducer arrays for forward looking ASW and CTDCL systems. It is believed that the Vector Projector can fill this need with both design improvements and… More

Very Low Frequency (VLF) Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $149,926.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for a Very Low Frequency (VLF) transducer"capable of providing continuous wave (CW) output of simultaneous narrowband tones and broadband noise in a frequency band from 1 kHz down 10 Hz at output levels not less than 150 dB over the entire operating… More

Piezoelectric Single Crystal Property Assessment for Cost-Effective Optimized Naval SONAR Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $79,879.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for a"Piezoelectric Single Crystal Property Assessment for Cost-Effective Optimized Naval SONAR."We have identified a SONAR transducer application that will benefit from this effort in which a characterization of the linear and non-linear… More

Additive Manufacturing for Transducer Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $79,675.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Proposal addresses the need for Additive Manufacturing (AM) for Transducer Development. Our approach is to use electron beam melting for processing alloys and building up layers to obtain the transducer parts. Our choice of transducer parts and materials for our targeted designs should… More

Very Low Frequency (VLF) Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President and Chief Scien – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $749,935.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II Proposal addresses the need for a Very Low Frequency (VLF) transducer"capable of providing continuous wave (CW) output of simultaneous narrowband tones and broadband noise in a frequency band from 1 kHz down to 10 Hz at output levels not less than 150 dB over the entire… More

Low cost acoustic transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Rhode Island
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $497,160.00
RI Contact: Harold T. Vincent
Abstract:
This STTR Phase II Proposal addresses the need for a low cost acoustic transmitter that combines a power amplifier, control-circuitry and an innovative transducer assembly, all at a low cost. Our approach is to use a cylindrical modal vector projector transducer which becomes part of the housing… More

Low-Profile, Broadband, Shear-Mode SONAR Transducer for Deep Submergence Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Butler, President/Chief Scientist – (781) 383-2002
Award Amount: $79,974.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I Proposal addresses the need for a low-profile, broad-band, high- performance, shear-mode tonpilz transducer that can operate at deep depths. In one approach we add a special suspension system to the Van Tol/Meyer tonpilz that allows operation at submarine depth with only a small… More