Implosion-Proof SOF Mission Equipment Storage Container

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-M-0096
Agency Tracking Number: N093-203-0396
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-203
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Harry Perkinson
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
The ultimate goal of the Phase I effort is to research the most common failure modes of small implodable volumes in order to determine characteristics of the resultant shock wave and determine what hazards this shock wave represents to divers. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) will develop a man portable container that protects divers from multiple hazards related to equipment being carried, including harmful off-gassing and flammability of contents under pressure, and implosion or explosion of small sealed volumes due to pressure changes. TRI/Austin is in a unique position to transfer technology and lesson learned from previous implosion and blast mitigation projects to ensure success at the lowest cost. TRI/Austin will use our knowledge and equipment from this past research to modify the existing Special Operation (SOF) diver bag to mitigate the hazards associated with implosion, explosion, and fire. The existing bag will provide the requirement of waterproof and containment of the VOC. To prove the feasibility of this goal TRI/Austin will design and fabricate a 200 cubic inch implodable volume and test the diver’s bag by imploding the volume within the bag.

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