Embedded Acoustic Sensors on the Surface of Composite Sonar Domes and Aluminum Hull Sections (MSC P2102)
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DOD / NAVY
The Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC) is seeking innovative methods for developing low cost conformal sensor arrays. The embedded sensor solution must be robust from the standpoint of installation, connectivity, and in-service durability. To address this need, Materials Sciences Corporation and its manufacturing partners are proposing to develop and demonstrate innovative, structurally robust encapsulation material technologies that will protect the sensors while allowing acoustic performance across a wide frequency range. Phase I of this SBIR program is structured to establish the feasibility of creating low cost conformal sensor arrays on aluminum and/or composite structures. This will be achieved through a series of materials selection studies, manufacturing process trials, and fabrication of prototype aluminum and composite panels that include arrays of embedded acoustic sensors. A set of acoustic performance validation tests will be conducted on the proposed low-cost conformal array concepts under the proposed optional task to facilitate transition to the Phase II prototyping program.
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Materials Sciences Corporation
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