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Heat Resistant Visual Landing Aid (VLA) Lighting Fixtures for Ship Flight Decks…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
98633
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-132-0541
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-132
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BREAULT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
6400 E. Grant Road Suite 350 Tucson, AZ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Heat Resistant Visual Landing Aid (VLA) Lighting Fixtures for Ship Flight Decks and Expeditionary Air Field (EAF) Matting
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0530
Award Amount: $79,944.00
 

Abstract:

Visual Landing Aids are required for visual acuity to safely guide aircraft during night and/or low visibility aircraft operations, for general lighting and navigation. The current generation of VLAs was designed to withstand loads associated with existing aircraft. Future aircraft are expected to generate more severe exhaust loads that could threaten the integrity of these lighting fixtures. Indirect aircraft exhaust temperatures of approximately 350C for long dwell periods as well as near-direct temperatures of approximately 900C for relatively short durations are expected. Such temperatures, in conjunction with the relatively high convective coefficients characteristic of jet flow, have been shown to generate significant temperature gradients in glass windows. The resulting thermal stresses, particularly in conjunction with pressure loads, can lead to window failure. Similarly, internal seals, electronics, and structural components in the VLAs can be compromised by high temperatures or differential thermal expansion. The goal of our Phase I work will be to establish a VLA design that can accommodate all thermal and mechanical loads from future aircraft such as the F35 and be a form, fit and functional replacement of currently fielded VLAs.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Fink
Director Engineering Serv
5207210500
mfink@breault.com

Business Contact:

Mark Fink
Director Engineering Serv
5207210500
mfink@breault.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Breault Research Organization
6400 E. Grant Road Suite 350 Tucson, AZ 85715

EIN/Tax ID: 860377447
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No