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A Laboratory Test Facility for CDP Wire Rope

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0696
Agency Tracking Number: N192-077-0410
Amount: $990,587.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N192-077
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-07-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-28
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1111
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Pilvelait
 (603) 640-2316
 brp@creare.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Cross Deck Pendants (CDP) used to recover aircraft onboard U.S. Navy 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 tailhook 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 land-based 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 developed a conceptual design for a CDP wire rope test apparatus and demonstrated key aspects with analysis, computer simulations, and targeted laboratory evaluations. While Phase I formulated an overall facility approach at a conceptual level, our proposed Phase II effort will include further design refinement and partial fabrication and testing of critical subsystems.

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