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GECCO: Gecko-gripper for EOD with Cavitation Cleaning Operation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0536
Agency Tracking Number: N19A-011-0079
Amount: $139,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N19A-T011
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-02
Small Business Information
158 Deep Woods Way
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
United States
DUNS: 099916283
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Jin Woo Lee
 Research & Development Lead
 (386) 853-4751
Business Contact
 Sathya Gangadharan
Phone: (386) 212-3412
Research Institution
 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
 Brian Butka Brian Butka
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
United States

 (386) 226-7152
 Nonprofit College or University

The objective of the Phase I proposal is to investigate the application of controlled cavitation cleaning technology in conjunction with gecko-inspired mechanical adhesion and soft elastomeric applicators for use in non-intrusive EOD operations. This investigation requires the proof-of-concept testing and validation of a controlled cavitation cleaning mechanism, and a soft robotic gecko-inspired mechanical adhesion system. While under development this system will also be packaged such that it can be integrated into existing systems such as the Teledyne SeaBotix vLBV300, or the Next Generation EOD underwater response vehicle. The controlled cavitation cleaning technology employs a solid state piezo-electric system to remove biofouling through collapsing of cavitation bubbles on the surface being cleaned. This mechanically simple system has proven effective in the removal of biofouling without impinging on or damaging the surface being cleaned. To further decrease the time spent in proximity to any underwater threat object a soft robotic gecko-inspired mechanical adhesion system is being investigated. Elastomeric based grippers have proven useful as end effectors and interfaces. Their compliance allows them to passively conform to the shape of numerous target surfaces without advanced sensing or control. This method of allows for adhesion on numerous underwater substrates ranging from smooth to coarse.

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