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Dolphin Sonar Transducer and Array

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Applied Measurement Systems,
1100 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02842
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Dolphin Sonar Transducer and Array
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,026.00


The dolphin has a unique sonar capability by which it produces high-frequency clicks. The dolphin is able to vary both the frequency content and the repetition rate of the echolocation clicks. The goal of the combined Phase I and Phase II project is to model the dolphin sonar and to design, construct, and build a sonar system capable of mimicking the dolphin's behavior and ultimately to use this device to simulate the dolphin's ability to recognize objects. To facilitate this effort the Phase I approach will consist of identifying various technical concepts(s) identified in the Phase I work plan, analyzing and evaluating the expected performance of each identified concept, developing the best approach(es) into a detailed conceptual design and finally presentation of a concise, written report. Fabrication and all laboratory and field testing of the prototype design will be completed during the Phase II effort. Anticipated Benefits: The potential uses of the technology developed in this SBIR effort lie in both military (mine warfare and detection, current sonar system improvement, etc.) and commercial (image processing, aquaculture [biomass counting] etc.) applications.

Principal Investigator:

Clifford Merz

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Measurement Systems,
One Oakwood Boulevard, Suite 180 Hollywood, FL 33020

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No