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AN OPTICAL FIBER GUIDANCE PAYOUT TENSION AND TORQUE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
15528
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15528
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
1745A West Nursery Rd MS4018 Li, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: AN OPTICAL FIBER GUIDANCE PAYOUT TENSION AND TORQUE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM EMPLOYING MAGNETIC BEARINGS
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,957.00
 

Abstract:

EXISTING OPTICAL FIBER GUIDANCE PAYOUT TENSION AND TORQUE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS (TTMS) HAVE INADEQUATE PERFORMANCE. VIBRATIONS LIMIT SYSTEMS USING AIR BEARINGS AND CALIBRATED LOAD CELLS TO SAMPLING RATES ONTHE ORDER OF TEN HERTZ. MOUNTING THE PAYOUT BOBBIN ON AN INSTRUMENTED BEAM ACHIEVES ACCEPTABLE SAMPLING RATES, BUT . THERMAL CHARACTERISTICS, ELASTIC COUPLING, AND DIFFICULTY IN ADAPTING TO A ROTATING BOBBIN LIMITED PERFORMANCE. SATCON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION PROPOSES TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION TEST BED FOR OPTICAL FIBER GUIDANCE PAYOUT CHARACTERIZATION. A MAGNETIC BEARING TTMS WILL OVERCOME LIMITATIONS OF PREVIOUS APPROACHES. THE MAGNETIC BEARINGS WILL USE SERVOCONTROLLED MAGNETIC FIELDS TO PROVIDE CONTACT-FREE SUPPORT, AVOIDVIBRATIONAL AND ELASTIC EFFECTS, AND IMPROVE MEASUREMENT ACCURACY. THE SYSTEM WILL EMPLOY A SIX DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM MAGNETIC ACTUATOR, PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED BY SATCON, INTEGRATED WITH COMMERCIAL POSITION SENSORS, SWITCHING POWER AMPLIFIERS, AND A STATEOF-THE-ART DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSOR TO PROVIDE BOBBIN FORCE AND MOMENT DATA AT FREQUENCIES SUFFICIENTLY HIGH THAT SEVERAL DATA POINTS CAN BE OBTAINED AS EACH TURN IS PULLED FROM THE PAYOUT BOBBIN. SATCON HAS PROVEN TRACK RECORDIN APPLYING MAGNETIC BEARING SYSTEM AND FORCEREBALANCE TECHNOLOGY. SCIENTISTS FROM OPTELECOM, INC. WILL AUGMENT SATCON-S EXPERTISE BY CONSULTING ON OPTICAL FIBER PAYOUT SYSTEMS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr James R Downer
Principal Investigator
6176610540

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Satcon Technology Corpon
12 Emily Street Cambridge, MA 02139

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