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Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Deployed Underwater Attachment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0553
Agency Tracking Number: N19A-011-0134
Amount: $139,995.00
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): 2019-12-04
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733
United States
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Brushaber
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 615-4457
Business Contact
 Michael Dingus
Phone: (512) 615-4478
Research Institution
 Florida Institute of Technology
 Stephen Wood Stephen Wood
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, TX 32901
United States

 (321) 674-7244
 Nonprofit College or University

Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) and Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in the Phase I effort will implement the use of a revolutionary new class of adhesives to attach C4 to underwater mines. These adhesives are extraordinarily insensitive to water, tolerant of unprepared surfaces, and offer extremely rapid cure and excellent bond strength. These materials can be applied using a simple, lightweight, single shot, disposable coaxial syringe and static mix head. The application equipment weighs a few ounces, can be used to rapidly emplace the devices, and immediately discarded (left with the explosive charge). The proposed fast adhesive approach will easily hold a weight of several pounds, and will have a two-year shelf life. The system architecture task will define the adhesive delivery mechanism, container for the C4, buoyancy compensation, biofoul grooming tool and modular interface with the ROV. To optimize the new design, test structures will be constructed and subsequently tested and evaluated. Based on the resulting test data, prototype structures for the Modular CDS will be designed, analyzed, manufactured, and tested. An economic analysis will be performed to provide a cost estimate for the Modular CDS.

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