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Company Information:

Company Name: Mide Technology Corporation
City: Medford
State: MA
Zip+4: 02155-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.mide.com
Phone: N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $6,409,218.00 78
SBIR Phase II $19,430,546.00 32
STTR Phase I $349,999.00 4
STTR Phase II $1,339,637.00 1

Award List:

Development of a Magnetostrictive Rubber Isolation Mount (MARIM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Van Schoor
Award Amount: $68,133.00
Abstract:
The MAgnetostrictive Rubber Isolation Mount (MARIM) program is to develop a rubber isolation mount with embedded magnetic particles. The embedded magnetic particles will add magnetostrictive properties to the rubber mount that can be used to enhance the passive or active isolation characteristics of… More

Self-Sensing Piezoelectric Actuator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ron L. Spangler
Award Amount: $57,708.00
Abstract:
A self-sensing piezoelectric actuator is proposed. The device has the potential to be extremely useful, versatile, and widely-applicable. The research involves developing a self-tuning, self-sensing actuator which automatically adapts to changing electrical characteristics (capacitance) of the… More

Distributed Area Averaging Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Marthinus C. Van Scho
Award Amount: $57,873.00

Distributed Area Averaging Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Marthinus C. Van Scho
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Vibration suppression/rejection is important for many space system attitude controls. Structural vibration of solar arrays and instrumentation booms can significantly degrade the performance of attitude control systems and reduce the accuracy of scientific instrumentations. In establishing effective… More

Nitinol Based Variable Ballast System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. T. Tupper Hyde
Award Amount: $68,886.00
Abstract:
Two novel variable ballast systems for small undersea vehichles are proposed that incorporate the "smart material" Nitinol. These innovations should reduce the noise, volume, and energy typical of current variable ballast designs. Nitinol is a shape memory alloy of Nickel and TItanium that can… More

Nitinol Based Emergency Parachute Automatic Actuation Device (AAD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel
Award Amount: $69,618.00
Abstract:
The use of Nitinol wire as the activating mechanism for an emergency parachute Automatic Actuation Device (AAD) is envisioned to address the shortfalls of the systems currently employed. The use of a ballistic charge to automatically open a parachute increases the operating costs of such… More

Piezoelectric Actuators for Tactor Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jeanne Sullivan Falco
Award Amount: $69,067.00
Abstract:
Especially during emergencies, pilots face ey might look away from their altitude and orientation sensor displays when something else demands their attention. It would help pilots, in the language of microcontrollers, to be de and orientation… More

Magnetically Activated Shape Memory Actuator (MASMA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters
Award Amount: $62,068.00
Abstract:
A Magnetically Activated Shape Memory Actuator (MASMA) is propiOsed. The MASMA c state-of-the-art materials technology with magnetic activation to supply a large s elevated bandwidth, actuator. MASM alloys have shown activated strains on the o 1.3% at room temperatures, for cm sized single crystals… More

Tunable Passive Vibration Absorber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters
Award Amount: $69,014.00
Abstract:
An adaptive passive vibration absorber prototype based on a electrically shunted piezoelectrics is proposed. The vibration absorber comprises of sensing, signal processing, electrical impedance and actuation subsystems. The sensing subsystem provides reference signals for the adaptation algorithm.… More

Piezoelectric Ignition and Sensing Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,450.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $599,845.00

Innovative Concepts for Structural Vibration Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: John Patrick Rodgers
Award Amount: $65,000.00

Piezo Propellant Ignition Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: MC van Schoor
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Damage Detecting and Impact Absorbing Shield for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeanne S. Falcon, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

ATES: Advanced Technology Exposure Suit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: BP Masters
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Vacuum Attachment Mechanism

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters
Award Amount: $69,882.00
Abstract:
Not Available Naval and Marine Corps aircraft systems, subsystems, and components are typically designed to minimize failure due to severe lightning strikes. To minimize the effects of lightning strikes, the aircraft's exterior surface incorporates a copper mesh that is covered with an anti-static… More

Using Nitinol to Measure the Dynamic Structural Behavior of Parachutes During Inflation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus VanShoor
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available Repairs to composite structural parts on aircraft require cure by temperature cycling to precise specifications. The environment is not isothermal, and standard heat blankets applied to complex shapes have non-uniform heat transfer characteristics. The presence of metallic structure… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: M.c. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $64,088.00

ATES: Advanced Technology Exposure Suit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: B.p. Masters
Award Amount: $471,615.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus van Schoor
Award Amount: $65,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $69,996.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: M.c. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $99,957.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brett P. Masters
Award Amount: $118,768.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jeannie S. Falcon
Award Amount: $69,990.00

Enhanced Energy-Absorbing Aircraft Seats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Rodgers, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,881.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ is proposing innovative energy-absorbing seat and restraint system enhancements for improving crashworthiness in aircraft, using Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs). It is proposed that the passive superelastic properties (energy-absorption) of SMA¿s are investigated for integration into various… More

Distributed Power Systems using Energy Harvesting (DPSEH)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: B. Masters, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The development of distributed power systems using energy harvesting is proposed. Energy is dynamic structural deformations will be harvested with structurally mounted piezoelectric crystals. The harvested energy will be stored in batteries orconditioned to be used as a direct power source for… More

A holocamera for measuring response of windows and window retrofit systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $728,022.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ Technology Corporation has developed a novel method of using shape memoryalloy as a controlled, medium bandwidth actuator. This technology, ACSMART, allowsthe extremely high actuation energy density of shape memory alloy (up to 2000 J/kgfor Nitinol) to be used for mechanical control systems… More

Development of a Catalytically Reactive Topical Skin Protectant (rTSP) Against Chemical Warfare Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus van Schoor, President/Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $728,294.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ Technology Corporation proposes fast valve technology for fuel injection. Fast valves will have wide spread impact in both military and commercial sectors. The proposed technology leverages a highly efficient gained smart materials device with anappropriate valve and injector design. Together… More

Smart Adaptive Power Converter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Leo Casey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Mide is proposing to investigate the use of adaptive control algorithms to enhance total system performance of switching power amplifiers and converters, with intended implementation in a radiation hard dc-dc converter. Mide is also proposing toinvestigate the area of component adaptation in these… More

High Altitude Fuel Injection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Eric Prechtl
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
Mide Technology Corporation proposes to develop a fuel injection system for automotive combustion control. The design is composed of a fast-acting piezoelectric actuator to operate a fuel injection valve and emission sensors located in the exhaust, both used in concert with a rapid-learning control… More

Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloy actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: S. Murray, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Mide is proposing to develop actuators based on Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloy(FSMA). FSMA's are a new class of actuator materials showing the large strains of shape memory alloys with faster response. This is due to their magnetic, rather than thermalenergy input. Phase I experiments concluded… More

Piezoelectric Single Crystal Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Eric Prechtl, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Piezoelectric single crystals have the potential to revolutionize the field of active structures. Mid¿ proposed to capitalize on the large stroke character of these materials by implementing them onto a helicopter rotor blade for the primary purpose ofsolving the blade tracking problem. Once… More

Piezoelectric Single Crystal Applications - WISEUP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ Technology Corporation proposes a Wireless Ignition System UtilizingPiezoelectrics (WISEUP) for internal combustion engines. A similar system hasalready been patented by Mid¿ Technology: the Piezoelectric Ignition and SensingDevice (PISD) was successfully integrated into an engine, proving… More

Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloy actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: S. Murray, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $425,254.00
Abstract:
Mide is proposing to develop actuators based on Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloy(FSMA). FSMA's are a new class of actuator materials showing the large strains of shape memory alloys with faster response. This is due to their magnetic, rather than thermalenergy input. Phase I experiments concluded… More

Aero Propulsion and Power Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: B.p. Masters, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is a High-bandwidth, Efficient, fuel Flow Actuator (HEFA). The design stems from a systems perspective, including power electronics, mass & volumetrically efficient driving mechanism, preferential failure modes, and thermallytolerant operation. Our solution leverages… More

Environmentally Adaptive Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters, VP - Engineering
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The determination of the environmental extremes that a sensitive piece of equipment has been exposeddo during shipping and storage is of critical importance. All electronic equipment and chemicalshave limitations as far as specific environmental conditions are concerned. If these… More

Smart Adaptive Power Converter Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mauritz van Schalkwyk, Sensior Electrical Engine
Award Amount: $649,540.00
Abstract:
"Mide is proposing to develop an adaptive mixed-signal controller for DC-DC converters. The controller will use adaptive control algorithms to enhance total system performance of switching DC-DC converters. The innovative concepts include: 1) digitalimplementation of feedback and feedforward power… More

High Authority Fuel Flow Actuator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters, Vice President
Award Amount: $749,604.00
Abstract:
"The proposed device is a High-bandwidth, Authority, Fuel Flow Actuator (HAFFA). The design stems from a systems perspective, including power electronics, mass & volumetrically efficient driving mechanism, preferential failure modes, and thermally tolerantoperation. Our solution leverages… More

Low Cost Missile Environmental Monitor (LCMEM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M.c. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $749,057.00
Abstract:
"A low-cost low-profile environmental monitor is proposed. Themonitor will be installed in Tomahawk All Up Rounds (AURs) tomonitor temperature, pressure, humidity and shock. TheInformation recorded by the monitor will be interfaced with theNavy?s Advanced Technology Ordnance Surveillance System… More

Enhanced Energy-Absorbing Aircraft Seats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Rodgers, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
MidT is proposing innovative energy-absorbing seat and restraint system enhancements for improving crashworthiness in aircraft, using Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs). It is proposed that the passive superelastic properties (energy-absorption) of SMA¿s are investigated for integration into various… More

Structural Materials, Components and Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: M.c. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
"Mid¿ is proposing a novel and innovative strain-sensor-grid using pseudoelastic shape memory alloys. By embedding a grid of ultra-thin pseudoelastic wires in an epoxy and encapsulating the embedded grid between two layers of Kapton, the embedded sensorcan be used as a layer in a composite, thus… More

Kinetic Energy Kill Vehicles and Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Brett Masters, Vice-President
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
"Hypervelocity missiles are currently dependent on the deflection of aerodynamic surfaces for flight control. These deflections and surfaces contribute significantly to the drag of the missile. By eliminating these surfaces it is estimated that anincrease of up to 30 % in speed of kinetic energy… More

Morphing hulls

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
"Mid¿ is proposing to investigate the use of morphing structures to achieve hull forms that can perform optimally underwater and on the surface. Using our extensive experience with large strain materials, Mid¿ will examine in Phase I the feasibility ofhull structures to morph from symmetric… More

Dynamics Optics Controls Structures (DOCS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. C. Blaurock, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,932.00
Abstract:
The Disturbance-Optics-Controls-Structures (DOCS) suite is an Integrated Development Environment for assembly of multidisciplinary analyses into an accurate dynamic integrated model for analysis of performance and margins and identification of resource-optimal redesign. The suite is innovative… More

Dynamics Optics Controls Structures (DOCS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. C. Blaurock, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,845.00
Abstract:
The Disturbance-Optics-Controls-Structures (DOCS) suite is an Integrated Development Environment for assembly of multidisciplinary analyses into an accurate dynamic integrated model for analysis of performance and margins and identification of resource-optimal redesign. The suite is innovative… More

High-Authority Fuel Injection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Eric Prechtl
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Promising developments in diesel injection technology have given rise to an increasing acceptance of diesel engines in the passenger vehicle market, especially in Europe. As with heavy-duty vehicles, more stringent emission levels are achieved via control of the diesel combustion process through… More

High-Authority Fuel Injection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Eric Prechtl
Award Amount: $224,926.00
Abstract:
Promising developments in diesel injection technology have given rise to an increasing acceptance of diesel engines in the passenger vehicle market, especially in Europe. As with heavy-duty vehicles, more stringent emission levels are achieved via control of the diesel combustion process through… More

Enhanced Energy-Absorbing Aircraft Seats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Rodgers, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,093.00
Abstract:
MidT is proposing innovative energy-absorbing seat and restraint system enhancements for improving crashworthiness in aircraft, using Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs). It is proposed that the passive superelastic properties (energy-absorption) of SMA¿s are investigated for integration into various… More

Distributed, Embedded Sensing for Quasi-Static Shape Control of Wings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marthinus van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
"An innovative sensor grid of shape-memory alloy wires is proposed to sense the shape of an aerodynamic surface. Shape memory alloys change resistance when deformed and they can thus be used as strain-sensors. The grid is formed by embedding a number ofshape memory alloy wires in an epoxy as one… More

Vortex Flow Detector for Turbine Engine Test Facilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: C.Mauritz van Schalkwyk, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
"Uniform flow conditions are critical in obtaining accurate mass flow measurements from bellmouth-mounted instrumentation. The presence of inlet flow anomalies, in particular vortices, significantly degrades these measurements. Engine test conditions likeswirl and total pressure inlet distortion… More

Functionally Graged Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
An innovative multifunctional and adaptive structure is proposed where a multi-functional sensor grid is embedded in a composite structure. The sensor grid only requires access to the external nodes of the grid. This simplifies cabling and increasesstrength of the multi-functional composite to… More

Active Seat Belt Tensioning (AST

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Mauritz Van Schalkwyk, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In line with the NHTSA¿s desire to encourage the development of restorable vehicle occupant safety systems here in the U.S., Mide is proposing to develop a active seat belt tensioning (AST) device that can control and tailor the rate at which the belt pre-stiffens during a crash, depending on the… More

On-Orbit Fluid Couplings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
An enabling technology for such programs as the Space Based Laser is the ability to transfer fluids on orbit from one spacecraft to another. There are many issues to be overcome, such as how is the mate made between the two spacecraft, what pressures canbe maintained, and can leaks of extremely… More

Piezo Structural Acoustic Pipeline Leak Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Van Schoork, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Mide is proposing an innovative method for detecting leaks in pipelines. In Phase I Mide will demonstrate that piezoelectric materials can be used to sense leaks, that a low power event recorder can be used to store detected leaks and that an innovative low-power/self powered acoustic data… More

Non-Intrusive Underwater Pressure Sensor (NUPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alec Jessiman, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Underwater pressure measurements on submarines, weapons, and propulsors are important for performance and acoustic analysis. Many current pressure measurement solutions are intrusive (i.e. disruptive to the flow field) and/or expensive. Mid¿ proposes tomake modifications to a commercial, of the… More

Novel method for sensing Structural Health of Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, President
Award Amount: $729,841.00
Abstract:
A novel method that uses the measured electrical resistances of a composite structure only along the edges of the structure is proposed to monitor its health. The major advantage of the proposed innovation is that it is practical, it minimizeswiring/cabling and it does not require any additional… More

Temperature responsive fibers for variable loft insulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marco Serra, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
Current clothing systems work on the principle of layering and are very effective. They do have the disadvantage, however, of being bulky and complex because they are usually made up of many parts. These problems are serious enough for the soldier thatmust carry them that there is a constant… More

Temperature responsive fibers for variable loft insulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marco Serra, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $702,978.00
Abstract:
Current clothing systems work on the principle of layering and are very effective. They do have the disadvantage, however, of being bulky and complex because they are usually made up of many parts. These problems are serious enough for the soldier thatmust carry them to warrant a constant effort… More

Novel method for sensing Structural Health of Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
A novel method that uses the measured electrical resistances of a composite structure only along the edges of the structure is proposed to monitor its health. The major advantage of the proposed innovation is that it is practical, it minimizeswiring/cabling and it does not require any additional… More

Innovative Flash-bang Using Piezoelectric Transformers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Commonly known to the military and law enforcement personnel, flash-bangs are grenade-like devices that produce a bright flash of light combined with a loud acoustic wave which is meant to momentarily incapacitate (startle) an enemy. The flash and bangare traditionally generated by a single… More

Rotary Live

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A rotary amplified liquid proof-mass-damper is proposed. The proposed innovation is based on Bell Helicopter's LIVE, Liquid Inertial Vibration Isolator (LIVE). LIVE is currently installed on the Bell 427 helicopter. The proposed rotary version, thushave legacy and support of a rotary wing… More

Innovative Piezoelectric Flash-bang

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, President
Award Amount: $729,641.00
Abstract:
Commonly known to military, FBI, and law enforcement personnel, flash-bangs are grenade-like non-lethal weapons that produce a bright flash of light combined with a loud acoustic report which is meant to momentarily startle an enemy. A single explosion using pyrotechnics contained within the device… More

Hybrid morphing actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
A novel hybrid actuator is proposed where fast response small amplitude actuator is combined with a slower high authority actuator to control the flight path of a gun launched munition. The focus of the effort will be to develop a g-hardened hybrid actuator that can be implemented at low cost to… More

SMA Active Rotor Trim Tab

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Carl Blaurock, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,976.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ proposes to build an on-blade active trim tab using Shape Memory Alloys. SMAs are active materials that undergo a phase change from martensitic to austenitic form when heated. The materials can be trained to a specific shape in the austenitic phase. When heated, the material will recover… More

Solid State Active Trim Tab (SSATT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, President
Award Amount: $729,925.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ proposes an automatic active trim tab solution that will significantly reduce the maintenance effort and cost of helicopter rotor track and balancing (RT&B) process, as well as minimize airframe vibrations. Mid¿'s trim tab adjustment system may be performed automatically without maintenance. … More

Innovative Non-pyrotechnic Dispersion Device (INDD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Kinetic energy munitions that dispense and disperse pellets prior to impact are effective against threats on the ground or at sea. Typically, explosives or pyrotechnics also contained within the munition are used to impart a lateral velocity to the pellets. Unfortunately, explosives pose a severe… More

Smart Hydrogel Shaft Sealing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus V. Schoor, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ proposes to use its knowledge of hydrogels to develop a bulkhead shaft sealing device. The proposed system will incorporate hydrogel polymer embedded in an open cell foam. This polymer will be in a powder form until in the presence of seawater (i.e. in the case of a damaged bulkhead shaft… More

Wireless Brake Shoe Force Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Marthinus VanSchoor, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In line with the DOT's desire to encourage the development of a wireless brake shoe force measurement system, Mide will use its extensive experience on loadcell design, energy power-harvesting and wireless data transmission to develop an accurate system for the self-powered, wireless measurement of… More

Resitively Encoded Materials for Secure Carton Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Van Schoor
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed development is an innovative resistively encoded material used either as a layer in a carton box or as a layer in packaging tape. The innovation uses a number of conductive strips, which are randomly conductively connected to form a unique material that can be used to secure cartons and… More

Untethered Electro-Muscular Disruption Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Van Schoor
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Mid¿, along with ballistics and firearms expert Ed Hartwell, proposes development of the ¿Piezer¿ (pee-ay¿-zer) ¿ an untethered electro-muscular disruption non-lethal stun weapon based on piezoelectric technology for civil law enforcement officers and the military. The innovative new device… More

Hydrogel Activated Bulkhead Shaft Seal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $749,607.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ is proposing to complete the development of a hydrogel activated bulkhead shaft seal for the DDG-51 class ships. The purpose of a bulkhead seal is to prevent flooding between compartments along the main propulsion shafting. The current shipbuilder specifications require that the bulkhead… More

Morphing High Temperature Shape Memory Alloy Actuators for Hypersonic Projectiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Kurt Maute
Abstract:
Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) materials present unique benefits to the control and stabilization of hypersonic projectiles. Mid¿ and the University of Colorado at Boulder is proposing to exploit these benefits of SMA materials for the control of hypersonic projectile by developing and analyzing… More

Active Buoyancy Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The ability to actively control the buoyancy of underwater sea gliders could greatly enhance the efficiency of the underwater vehicles. Both large displacements as well as small (trim) displacements are beneficial to finely control the buoyancy of the sea glider. Mide proposes to utilize either… More

Projectile Data logger

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mauritz van Schalkwyk, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
When projectiles are being fired, they are exposed to extreme environmental conditions inside the gun barrel. There is a need to record these conditions for the purpose of designing of projectiles. With this device different areas of the projectile can be instrumented to record the stresses… More

Acoustic Noise Reduction Fabric

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Chief Executive/Technical Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Mid¿ proposes an innovative new acoustic/thermal liner fabric for noise reduction in military shelters. The concept combines lightweight, insulating solids that do not propagate airborne sound waves with flame-resistant open cell foam. The solids are highly porous, non-hazardous silica, described… More

Morphing Projectiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $399,972.00
Abstract:
During Phase I, Midé developed, pro

Wireless Brake Shoe Force Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Mc VanSchoor, CTO
Award Amount: $249,874.00
Abstract:
Railroad Freight car safety and maintenance cost is directly related to knowledge of the actual braking force provided by a brake shoe. If the brake force is too low, safety is at risk. If the brake shoe is replaced before the end of it's lifetime to ensure safety, maintenance and thus operating… More

Non-hazardous technologies for airframes and dispersion mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Chief Executive/Technical
Award Amount: $599,779.00
Abstract:
Propellants and explosives in current gun fired munitions involve the storage and usage of energetic materials. The 25-year average age of the US ammunition stockpile is a major concern. Midé is proposing innovative technologies for airframes; airframe separation and payload dispense mechanisms… More

Shape Memory Alloy Destruction Mechanism (SMADM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Chief Executive Officer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In the event of a physical compromise of a secure system, it may be necessary to physically disable the critical components of the system to ensure that critical hardware and software are rendered not useable for reverse engineering. Mide proposes to utilize the unique properties of shape memory… More

Self Calibrating Wireless Pressure Sensor (SCWPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Chief Executive Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Midé is proposing to develop a novel resonant frequency pressure sensor that includes a self-calibrating feature. The pressure sensor has piezo-electric elements bonded to a pressure sensing membrane. Under pressure, the membrane stretches changing the resonant frequencies of the membrane. The… More

Shape Memory Bio-Suit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Dava J. Newman
Abstract:
Spacesuit systems for planetary EVAs must maximize human productivity and provide the astronaut with the capability to perform useful work tasks. Mide plans to work with MIT to develop mechanisms to augment astronaut productivity during advanced EVA missions. We propose to demonstrate the… More

Zero CTE Material for Large Deployable Spacecraft (ZeroCoTe)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Reflector based architectures are promising for future space radar systems due to their light weight and potential for compact packaging. However, initial surface accuracy and operational dimensional stability are fundamental driving requirements in these systems and can represent significant… More

Untethered Electro-Muscular Disruption Round

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. Van Schoor, CEO
Award Amount: $953,017.00
Abstract:
Midé, along with ballistics and firearms expert Ed Hartwell, proposes development of the “Piezer” (pee-ay’-zer) – an untethered electro-muscular disruption non-lethal stun weapon based on piezoelectric technology for civil law enforcement officers and the military. The… More

Thermally Initiated Venting Systems (TIVS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) self-detonation is an unacceptable and highly dangerous occurrence. A system that would reduce the likelihood of this occurring would be highly beneficial to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Mide proposes to design a Thermally Initiated Venting Systems (TIVS) that will… More

Advanced Valve Technology for COIL (AVTCOIL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The (Airborne Laser) ABL Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) creates a lasing medium by utilizing Chlorine to produce Singlet Delta Oxygen (SDO) which in-turn dissociates a separately supplied Iodine molecule and then excites the resulting Iodine atom for lasing. Both Chlorine and Iodine are… More

Advanced Emergency Leak Arresting Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Mide is proposing to develop a reinforced rubber with unique sealing properties to combat leak situations on US Navy ships. The proposed innovation is to develop a unique pipe sealing rubber with a reinforced surface to carry the hoop-stresses and cross-sectional lip seal geometry to ensure that… More

Composite Airframes based on Structural Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Mide is proposing to develop an innovative airframe that will result in a low-cost, high-performance hypersonic airframe with an integrated thermal protection system. Hypersonic launch and flight of projectiles subjects their airframes to severe in-bore launch dynamics followed by thermal shock and… More

Innovative Systems to Reduce One per Rev Vibrations in Helicopters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Significant maintenance activity is required to ensure acceptable 1/rev vibration levels from main and tail rotors. These flight and ground based maintenance activities translate into significant cost and downtime for the helicopter operator. Cost has been somewhat mitigated with the use of… More

Active Buoyancy Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $487,517.00
Abstract:
The ability to actively control the buoyancy of underwater sea gliders could greatly enhance the efficiency of the underwater vehicles. Both large displacements as well as small (trim) displacements are beneficial to finely control the buoyancy of the sea glider. For Phase I Mide proposed and… More

Control Valve for Miniature Xenon Ion Thruster

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
NASA is continuing its development of electric propulsion engines for various applications. Efforts have been directed toward both large and small thrusters, depending on the end use. A current program is focused on the development of a miniature thruster. Development of a Miniature Xenon Ion… More

Morphing High Temperature Shape Memory Alloy Actuators for Hypersonic Projectiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF COLORADO
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Scho – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $1,339,637.00
RI Contact: Anselmo Serralheiro
Abstract:
Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) materials present unique benefits to the control and stabilization of hypersonic projectiles. Mide and the University of Colorado at Boulder is concluded in Phase I that SMA materials offer distinct advantages for the control of hypersonic projectile through the development… More

Valves for Measurement and Actuation System of Transient Jets (VMAST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Air Force has a need to measure short-duration forces and moments generated by impulse control devices, e.g., transient transverse gaseous jets. The measurement of short-duration loads/impulses from pulsating control jets of intercept missiles is important to the missile defense program… More

Control Valve for Miniature Xenon Ion Thruster

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Petra Botha, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,883.00
Abstract:
NASA is continuing its development of electric propulsion engines for various applications. Efforts have been directed toward both large and small thrusters, depending on the end use. A current program is focused on the development of a miniature thruster. Development of a Miniature Xenon Ion… More

Innovative Pitch Rod Actuators for Individual Blade Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Current pitch rods are used to adjust the pitch on the main rotor blades. The collective pitch control is actuated through the swashplate to change the pitch of each blade all at once. There is no current method to individually change the pitch of only one blade individually in production, but… More

RRHB Health Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Chief Executive/Technical Officer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
An existing Repeatable Release Holdback Bar (RRHB) is used on aircraft carriers to control the launch of aircraft in conjunction with a steam-powered catapult. This is a purely mechanical device with a finite lifespan; its proper operation depends entirely on manual adjustment and human optical… More

Composite Airframes based on Structural Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus van Schoor, Chief Executive Officer
Award Amount: $599,891.00
Abstract:
Mide is proposing to develop an airframe that will result in a low-cost, high-performance hypersonic airframe with an integrated thermal protection system. Phase II will focus on the development of a multi-layered airframe where alternating layers of a high strength ceramics and carbon-carbon… More

Innovative Systems to Reduce One per Rev Vibrations in Helicopters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $729,656.00
Abstract:
Helicopter blade systems are constructed to tight tolerances, but slight manufacturing variations cause lift to vary from blade to blade at certain specific flight conditions. The resulting unbalanced lift forces cause undesirable 1/rev vibration. The current practice calls for adjustments to be… More

Low Cost Transverse Rail Defect Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: D. Robert Hay, President – (727) 392-9421
Award Amount: $119,000.00
Abstract:
Development of the basic EMAT based transverse rail defect detector has progressed toward finished form, as envisioned in the original solicitation. This modification is intended to produce a demonstratable version of a 2-rail detection system with automated signal interpertation. The objectives… More

Thermally Insulative Diving Suit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: David Gilbert, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
USSOCOM Special Operations Divers operate in harsh environments, often exposed to extreme cold temperaturess for extended periods of time. An advanced thermal protection system is required that provides enhanced thermal protection at cold temperatures as well as reduced thermal performance at… More

Smart Automatic Jettisoning Device for HMDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Current Helmet Mounted Display Systems (HMDS) are mounted to aircrew members helmets to improve performance by providing night vision enhancement, by enabling look-and-shoot weapons cueing systems, and by providing continuous aircraft information to the crewmember. The added weight and resulting… More

SATT (Smart Anti-Tamper Technologies)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Chief Executive/Technical Officer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The protection of CPI from unwanted transfer is necessary to ensure a tactical advantage over our adversaries. Various powered sensor based response techniques have been developed for AT systems. These systems require a means to constantly power the AT system for long periods of time. Current… More

Expendable Wireless Graphical Flex Terminal and Body-Worn Computer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, Chief Executive/Technical Officer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Currently, communication between soldiers at the squad level is mainly limited to voice and hand signals. However, the realities of combat, including loud noise such as explosions, and line-of-sight obstructions, often degrade these communications. DARPA is interested in exploring the use of tactile… More

Insensitive Munition using Thermal Energy Harvesting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, Chief Executive/Technical Officer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Mid, proposes to develop an innovative approach to harvest energy from thermal excursions and use the harvested energy selectively to prevent the explosion of solid rocket motor during slow and fast cook-off vents. The thermal energy harvester is a Shape Memory Alloy device that responds slowly… More

Tactical Telehaptic Communication (HAPTAC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, CEO / CTO
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Communication between soldiers on the battlefield is currently limited to voice and hand signaling. However, the realities of combat, including loud noises and visual obstructions, degrade these communications modalities. The U.S. Department of Defense is interested in the use of tactile human… More

SATT (Smart Anti-Tamper Technologies)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. Schoor, CEO/CTO
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
The protection of CPI from unwanted transfer is necessary to ensure a tactical advantage over our adversaries. Various powered sensor response techniques have been developed for AT systems. These systems require a means to be constantly powered for long periods of time. A downed or stored weapon… More

RRHB Health Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: C. van, CEO/CTO – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $750,048.00
Abstract:
An existing Repeatable Release Holdback Bar (RRHB) is used on aircraft carriers to control the launch of aircraft in conjunction with a steam-powered catapult. This is a purely mechanical device with a finite lifespan; its proper operation depends entirely on manual adjustment and human optical… More

Retractable Advanced Mooring System (RAMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, President /Chief Technolo – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Retractable mooring fixtures are a critical component on the flight deck of a DDG51 class Navy ship. The chocks and bitts must be recessed below the deck level for helicopter operations, while reliably and easily deployed for mooring situations. The current mooring fixtures do not stand up to the… More

Cost Effective Manufacturing of Piezoelectric Acoustic Sensors (CEMPAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, COO – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Arrays of vector velocity sensors have exhibited major system improvements over traditional omnidirectional hydrophones in undersea acoustic sensing. Compact accelerometers made from relaxor piezoelectric crystals are the key element which allow for the improved functionality of the vector velocity… More

Energy Absorbing Aerial Refueling Hose

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, COO – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $749,833.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project was to help reduce or eliminate the potentially catastrophic effects of a failed hose/drogue system during aerial refueling. Failures can arise in certain situations when the receiver aircraft engages the hose at too high of a speed cause a wave to be generated in the hose.… More

Modeling and Optimizing Turbines for Unsteady Flow

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, President/chief Technical Officer – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Peter Hamlington
Abstract:
The Mide/University of Colorado - Boulder team is proposing to use Boulder"s modeling capabilities to model the unsteadiness of the pulse generated pressures, temperatures and swirl to provide the flow information needed to optimize the turbine stages for

Light-Weight Atmospheric Diving Suit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: C. van, President / Chief Technic – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $80,000.00
RI Contact: Dava Newman
Abstract:
The Navy is seeking a new light-weight Atmospheric Diving Suit (ADS) design. This suit must be less than 400 lbs; at this weight a diver will be able to self-propel using his legs and fins. The system must ensure the divers safety at a working depth of 1000 ft of sea-water; protecting the body from… More

Valve Stem Isolation (VSI)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, Chief Operating Officer – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $374,989.00
Abstract:
Naval ships require several thousand valves ranging in size from½"to 10"in pipe diameter. Many of these valves carry seawater or other corrosive fluids. The valve packing gland is used to prevent water from leaking past the stem. The corrosion occurring on the valve stem can compromise… More

Sensing Normal and Shear Forces at Dynamic Interface of Tires (SENSDIT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Attila Lengyel, President / COO – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In military aircraft tires, the wheel-tire interface (bead-seat) region is of particular interest since the generated ground forces terminate into the load-bearing"bead-seat"contact area. Thus, the forces generated in both the tire and wheel interface region is of interest.… More

Precision In-Cylinder Pressure Sensor System for Heavy Duty Diesel Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Marthinus C. van Schoor, CEO/CTO – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Military engine performance can be optimized for power and efficiency despite variable fuel properties if combustion chamber pressure can be measured in real-time. Unfortunately, IC engine pressure sensors are mostly confined to research applications due to their cost. A commercial off-the-shelf… More

Submarine Health and Usage Monitoring Autonomous Networks (SUBHUMAN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marthinus Schoor, CEO / CTO – (781) 306-0609
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Transition from schedule-based to condition-based maintenance (CBM) of submarine equipment would significantly reduce operating costs and extend system lifetime by eliminating unnecessary maintenance activities. Key challenges to implementing autonomous health monitoring for submarine components are… More
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