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Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing for Naval Transducer Development

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
MI Suite 200 Ann Arbor, MI 48103-9515
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing for Naval Transducer Development
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-14-C-0130
Award Amount: $497,979.00


In a successful Phase I SBIR research effort the team of Solidica, Inc., Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation-Advanced Acoustics Sector (NASC-AAS), and Fabrisonic LLC identified opportunities for both 41% cost savings and +3 to +4 dB performance improvement in a slotted cylinder projector (SCP) suitable for use in a AN/SSQ-125 sonobuoy, as well as opportunities for additional cost savings and performance improvement in other SCP projectors. The three most significant SCP cost drivers identified were: Hand labor to assemble the ceramic array into the SCP shell, Cost of ceramics, and Cost of the aluminum SCP shell. Performance improvement for the SCP projector will be accomplished by pre-loading the projector such that the ceramic elements are in compression. The team"s Phase II SBIR development plan is to design, develop, and fabricate, and analyze the costs of a low cost, high performance slotted cylinder projector for the AN/SSQ-125 sonobuoy utilizing Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing. In the Phase II Option the team will test the prototypes internally and at the Navy's Seneca Lake sonar test facility, document and validate the transducer performance, costs, and best practices.

Principal Investigator:

John Sheridan
Advanced Engineering Mana
(734) 222-4680

Business Contact:

Jay Isle
Office Manager
(734) 222-4680
Small Business Information at Submission:

Solidica, Incorporated
5840 Interface Drive Suite 200 Ann Arbor, MI 48103-

EIN/Tax ID: 383507413
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No