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OPTICAL PROTECTION FROM NUCLEAR THERMAL ENERGY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
6234
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6234
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Pda Engineering
2975 Redhill Avenue Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: OPTICAL PROTECTION FROM NUCLEAR THERMAL ENERGY
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,971.00
 

Abstract:

OPTICAL DEVICES MAY BE EXPOSED TO DIRECT OR INDIRECT THERMAL RADIATION FROM FIREBALLS ON THE TACTICAL NUCLEAR BATTLEFIELD. THE FIREBALL THERMAL RADIATION PERSISTS FOR SEVERAL SECONDS, DEPENDING ON THE YIELD AND DETONATION ALTITUDE OF THE NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE TOTAL BLACKBODY FLUENCE RADIATED TO THE VICINITY OF AN OPTICAL DEVICE MAY BE WELL IN EXCESS OF THE LEVEL AT WHICH CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF THE DEVICE FAIL AS A RESULT OF EXCESSIVE TEMPERATURE RISE, MATERIAL DEGRADATION, OR OTHER MECHANISMS. THE FEASIBILITY OF USING VARIOUS TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING PHOTOCHROMICS AND ELECTROCHROMICS, TO PROTECT THE SENSITIVE OPTICAL DEVICES FROM FIREBALL THERMAL RADIATION WILL BE ASSESSED. THE RELATIVE PROTECTION AFFORDED BY THE TECHNIQUES AND THE PENALTIES ASSOCIATED WITH OPEN-STATE, OR BENIGN, PERFORMANCE WILL BE INVESTIGATED. PROTECTION FOR SEVERAL CLASSES OF OPTICAL DEVICES WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE STUDY. DISTINCTION WILL BE MADE AMONG NARROW AND BROAD-BAND SENSORS AND SPECIFIC POTENTIAL FAILURE MODES AND LEVELS. HUMAN EYE PROTECTION WILL BE CONSIDERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH SPECIFIC OPTICAL DEVICES. HARRY DIAMOND LABORATORIES WILL PROVIDE SUPPORT IN THE INITIAL PERIOD OF THE EFFORT TO DEFINE SPECIFIC DEVICES AND THEIR OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS.

Principal Investigator:

Robert oeding
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Pda Engineering
2975 Red Hill Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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