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A Laboratory Test Facility for CDP Wire Rope

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0696
Agency Tracking Number: N192-077-0410
Amount: $139,878.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N192-077
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-26
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Pilvelait Bruce Pilvelait
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Betsy Williams
Phone: (603) 640-2331
Research Institution

Cross Deck Pendants (CDP) used to recover aircraft onboard aircraft carriers are exposed to a challenging environment of physical impact, abrasion, and strain which limit life expectancy to approximately 125 arrestment cycles. Three primary effects are known to contribute to CDP failure including tail hook impact, hook slip, and final bending around the hook, although the precise contributions of each and the effects of simultaneous exposure are not well understood. CDP limited life and replacement remains a significant maintenance cost driver although changes to the accepted operational systems and protocols are difficult to implement due to the critical safety impact on flight operations. Creare proposes to develop a test apparatus which will enable CDP testing and qualification to improve understanding of the existing failure modes as well as development of new CDP designs to reduce maintenance costs and improve safety. During Phase I, we will develop a conceptual design for a test apparatus and demonstrate key aspects with targeted laboratory evaluations. While Phase I is intended to select the optimal approach at a conceptual level, the Phase I Option will create a detailed Technical Data Package, and Phase II will include fabrication and testing of the CDP test facility.

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