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Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker

Award Information

Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
McQ Inc.
1551 Forbes Street Fredericksburg, VA 22405-1603
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00167-11-P-0134
Award Amount: $79,969.00


Equipment on board US Naval ships must survive severe shock events and thus must be subjected to extensive shock testing. While this testing ensures that a piece of equipment is shock resistant and will not pose a danger to other shipboard equipment, it is expensive and requires a one-use expenditure of the device under test. A shock sensitive circuit breaker (SSCB), designed to open when it detects a shock event of a given magnitude, will greatly simplify this testing. It will also have direct applications on board in-service naval vessels as a safety device. The SSCB will be designed to meet military standards for shock, vibration, and environment to ensure its reliable and safe operation. It will fit into existing standard form factors and be compatible with existing standards for shipboard power. The SSCB will also provide facilities to quickly and visually determine its status (on, off, or tripped), reset the breaker, and to command the breaker to perform a self-test.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Jackson
Engineer I
(540) 373-2374

Business Contact:

Keith Armstrong
Chief Operating Officer
(540) 373-2374
Small Business Information at Submission:

McQ Inc.
1551 Forbes St. Fredericksburg, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541341225
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No