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Submersible In-Situ Grain Sizing Device

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72506
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 05-66
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Submersible In-Situ Grain Sizing Device
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1204
Award Amount: $74,947.00
 

Abstract:

A novel, miniaturized optical sensor for in-situ monitoring of underwater sediment grain size is described. This device employs light scattering measurement techniques previously developed by Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) for the U.S. Navy in a compact, powerful tool for acquiring quantitative information on particle size. Combining this innovative, miniature and inexpensive technology with undersea sampling hardware suitable for towed sled or cable immersion will allow continuous demersal observation of sea floor sediment grain size. PSI has already demonstrated the use of chip-level COTS CCD array detectors for high-resolution particle size determination without expensive digital image analysis. This detection modality will be able to provide near-real-time particle size information with an instrument costing only hundreds, rather than thousands, of dollars and with an analysis package no larger than a 12 ox soda can.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Templeman
Principal Scientist
9786890003
templeman@psicorp.com

Business Contact:

George E. Caledonia
President and CEO
9786890003
caledonia@psicorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Sciences, Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810

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