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Active Buoyancy Control

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75204
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-067-0578
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Medford, MA 02155
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Active Buoyancy Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-05-M-0132
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 shape memory allow (SMA) dimples, or super elastic alloy (SEA) dimples of varying size, to alter the volume of the craft at select locations, thus altering the buoyancy of the sea glider. In their non-actuated state the dimples would utilize the external water pressure to lay conformed to the glider body, when actuated the dimples would create small mounds on the body of the sea glider. The SMA dimples would be actuated via heaters and pressure, and the SEA would be actuated via pressure. By actuated the dimples with pressure, the actuation can be tailored dependent upon depth in the ocean.

Principal Investigator:

Marthinus C. van Schoor
President
7813060609
tienie@mide.com

Business Contact:

Petra Botha
Chief Financial Officer
7813060609
pbotha@mide.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MIDE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Medford, MA 02155

EIN/Tax ID: 043066318
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No