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Non-Explosive Broadband Acoustic Source for Multi-Static Anti-Submarine Warfare…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
59364
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N012-0341
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADVANCED POWER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1250 24th Street, NW, Suite 850 Washington, DC 20037
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Non-Explosive Broadband Acoustic Source for Multi-Static Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-02-C-0425
Award Amount: $741,743.00
 

Abstract:

"The US Navy has developed an important ASW capability usingimpulsive sources to provide broadband spectral illumination forsubmarine detection. Present sonobuoy sources use high explosivesto achieve the required source levels. Explosives present serioussafety hazards and subsequently incur significant operational andmanufacturing costs. Additionally, explosives produce inherentlyshort (<100 micro-second) high intensity pulses, which are notefficient for creating low frequency acoustic energy. AdvancedPower Technologies, Inc. (APTI) proposes to develop a non-explosive source by electrically initiating combustion ofaluminum with water to create a long (milli-seconds) high-energyacoustic pulse. The aluminum/water reaction is highly energetic(15kj/g aluminum) and affords the opportunity to use surroundingseawater as the oxidizer such that the energy output exceedspresent explosive driven buoy systems. APTI has significantexperience combusting aluminum and water and has demonstratedthis combustion technique using solid aluminum wire, water, andbattery to generate presssures in excess of 50 kpsi to acclerateprojectiles.BENEFITS: The immediate benefit of this program is to provide the Navy with a substantially safer and less expensive inventory of anti-submarine warfare sonobuoys. Present systems contain high-explosives that require special handling and careto both manufacture and deploy. The proposed concept will eliminate those explosives

Principal Investigator:

James Galambos
R&D Program Manager
7035492412
jpg@apti.com

Business Contact:

Ivan Mills
Director, Contracts
2022238808
ivan@apti.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Power Technologies, Inc.
1250 24th Street, NW Suite 850 Washington, DC 20037

EIN/Tax ID: 954069563
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No