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Automated Non-Destructive Foam Sense and Control Unit

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Automated Non-Destructive Foam Sense and Control Unit
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00024-13-P-4507
Award Amount: $79,900.00


To address the Navy"s need for a defoaming system, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Automated Non-Destructive Foam Sense and Control Unit (DEFOAM) based on a novel low- and high-power ultrasonic detection and mitigation technique. The novelty of POC"s DEFOAM system lies in its multi-transducer beamforming approach, which results in a nonlinear effect at the intersection of multiple acoustic beams. This approach forms localized pressure and force gradients, which disintegrate the foam. Moreover, the system is entirely external, as it can operate through tank walls; it is also completely automatic, eliminating humans-in-the-loop. POC"s DEFOAM does not use any chemical agents nor does it require any modifications to existing tanks; it does not require opening the tanks to feed in deforming chemical agents. The DEFOAM system reduces shipboard crew labor and therefore, maintenance and ownership costs, directly addressing Navy requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of foam detection and counteraction capabilities by developing and testing a limited-capability DEFOAM prototype. In Phase II, POC will expand on this development, producing a fully advanced and field-deployable DEFOAM system, ready for certification and qualification, that meets the performance goals developed in Phase I.

Principal Investigator:

Samuel Nieva
Mechanical Engineer
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No