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Advanced Eddy Current Braking Technology

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
83414
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-008-0386
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: 2007
Title: Advanced Eddy Current Braking Technology
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0335
Award Amount: $69,774.00
 

Abstract:

There is a critical need for reliable, long life, low maintenance machinery for all DoD components, and underway aircraft carriers ops are among the most demanding, especially the 24/7 all-weather operations on the flight deck. The present C13 Aircraft Steam Catapult (ASC), with their water brake systems for deceleration of the catapult after aircraft launch, will be in active service over the next fifty years. While a key element in the catapult system, the brake is maintenance intensive and a major contributor to catapult downtime. A permanent magnet based eddy current braking system for catapult deceleration is proposed to replace the current water brake system. With no moving parts other than the eddy current armature which will be part of the catapult piston/barrel/spear assembly, the proposed system will require little or no maintenance, while eliminating the need for complex mechanical, high pressure steam, fluid or pneumatic system piping, valves and components. The resulting system will have improved brake system reliability, long life, with reduced manpower and maintenance costs can be achieved by using this technology to replace the existing water brake system.

Principal Investigator:

Gerald Foshage
Staff Engineer
6178972439
jerry.foshage@satcon.com

Business Contact:

William O'Donnell
President
6178972408
bill.odonnell@satcon.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
27 Drydock Avenue Boston, MA 02210

EIN/Tax ID: 043649652
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MIT
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-
Contact: Steven Leeb
Contact Phone: (617) 253-9360
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university