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Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
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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-0135
Award Amount: $79,977.00


The proposed highly ruggedized Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker is a large step forward in technology, enabling the benefits of true safety with the inherent ability to add digital electrical interrogation to power systems. The new electrical circuit breaker is designed to operate over a wide range of voltages transparently in the shipboard environment with effect only realized during high shock application to the breaker. During high shock events the breaker achieves guaranteed OFF state (power interrupt) in rapid response to large (pulse) shock event. As a sensor technology alone the very compact and rugged device offers several advantages over conventional sensors such as piezoelectric, fiber optic, magnetic technology: It is very resilient to ambient electrical noise and it is extremely immune to damage induced by up to 1000 over-pressures. The new pressure device requires far less post-processing of the output signal than conventional pressure devices, requiring much fewer additional electronics components to process the raw sensor output for use by the system.

Principal Investigator:

Ross Bird
Principal Investigator
(570) 322-2700

Business Contact:

Cathy Brooke
Chief Financial Officer
(570) 322-2700
Small Business Information at Submission:

QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205 Williamsport, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 232954664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No