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Innovative Undersea Sensors Using Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92330
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N083-216-0012
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 08-216
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
LewTech Company, Inc.
7112 Nighthawk Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46835-9395
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Innovative Undersea Sensors Using Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-10-C-4134
Award Amount: $299,929.00
 

Abstract:

The frequency spectrum of interest for hydrophones used in Naval tactical systems, ocean surveillance systems, or for environmental monitoring is continuing to expand, due to increased interest in passively detecting third-world submarines, biologics, etc. as well as increased interest in multistatic active sonars. LewTech is proposing that our Phase II effort will be based on the on the Phase I hydrophone development using relaxor single-crystal piezoelectric materials rather than the traditionally-used polycrystalline lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) piezoceramic materials. This type of hydrophone can be designed to increase the sensitivity and bandwidth and reduce the self-noise, due to the improved electromechanical coupling factors, dielectric constant, and the loss tangent. The overall objective is to establish an improved design for the fat line towed array, using single-crystal ceramics, and demonstrate improvements in sensitivity, self-noise, and bandwidth capabilities over the conventional PZT configuration. Phase II will fabricate prototype single crystal hydrophones and perform in-water testing and compare the results to as counterpart PZT hydrophone. LewTech has formed a strong team with a major Navy system manufacturer, UnderSea Sensor Systems, Inc. (USSI), a wholly-owned company of Ultra Electronics, to support the design and development of a practical, cost effective sensor(s) utilizing relaxor single-crystal ceramics.

Principal Investigator:

Sara Wagar
Principal Investigator
2604020353
sara.wagar@hughes.net

Business Contact:

George Lewis
President
2604853752
lewtechco@verizon.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

LewTech Company, Inc.
7112 Nighthawk Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46835

EIN/Tax ID: 470923713
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No