A Hardware Demonstration of Control Methods and Devices for a High-Speed Supercavitating Torpedo

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$219,147.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-05-C-0247
Award Id:
70180
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-136-1168
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120839477
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Monaco
Senior Research Scientist
(434) 973-1215
monaco@barron-associates.com
Business Contact:
David Ward
President
(434) 973-1215
barron@barron-associates.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A high-speed supercavitating torpedo is an advanced weapons concept under consideration by the US Navy. Supercavitation is a state in which a gas cavity substantially encompasses a body immersed in a liquid, and the consequence for underwater bodies is a marked drag reduction over the non-wetted surface. This can be exploited to develop rapid reaction defensive weapons that provide tactical advantages for submarines, particularly for close-aboard, shallow water engagements addressed by the Littoral Antisubmarine Warfare Future Naval Capability. Alternatively, the technology can also yield a target vehicle for the US Navy to train sailors and develop countermeasures against high-speed weapons fielded by other navies. Control systems (algorithms and devices) are critical-path technologies to exploit the full potential of these vehicles, and Barron Associates and NextGen Aeronautics propose a collaborative Phase II program to increase the technology readiness level of the adaptive control laws, tail-fin micropump actuators, and the integrated concept. This is accomplished through an R&D program that (i) matures Phase I adaptive control algorithms and fin micropump hardware subsystems, (ii) ports the embedded control program to a real-time processor, (iii) conducts hardware-in-the-loop testing of the integrated control system, and (iv) validates the design in a set of water-tunnel demonstrations.

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