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Advanced Structural Development for Naval Hovercraft Ramps (MSC P4151)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-14-C-4091
Agency Tracking Number: N112-142-0256
Amount: $1,499,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-142
Solicitation Number: 11.2
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-05-02
Small Business Information
135 Rock Road
Horsham, PA 19044
United States
DUNS: 075537910
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Caiazzo
 Chief Technical Officer
 (215) 542-8400
Business Contact
 Samantha Gash
Phone: (215) 542-8400
Research Institution

The current welded aluminum ramps on the Navy’s Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft are prone to damage related to extreme vehicle and seaway load requirements in combination with corrosion and erosion due to the harsh salt-laden marine environment in which they operate. Improving durability, corrosion resistance and life cycle cost of the air cushioned vehicle (ACV) ramps at minimum weight is paramount to achieving operational goals of future platforms such as the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC). The innovation and opportunity offered in this proposal is an approach for simultaneously reducing the weight, while improving the durability and corrosion resistance of ACV ramps using fiber reinforced composite materials. To accomplish this objective, an Integrated Product Team (IPT) of composite designers and fabricators has been assembled to develop lightweight, advanced material solutions and structural designs for typical ACV ramp configurations.

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