Water Impermeable, Easy Disconnect Electrical Cable Connector for Deep Sea Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$747,328.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00024-10-C-4183
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-063-0730
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-063
Small Business Information
Williams-Pyro,Inc.
200 Greenleaf St., Fort Worth, TX, 76107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
008038846
Principal Investigator
 Roger Paulsel
 Electrical Engineer
 (817) 872-1500
 roger.paulsel@williams-pyro.com
Business Contact
 Brent Williams
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (817) 872-1500
Email: brent.williams@williams-pyro.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Navy needs robust and cost-effective electrical connectors that are completely water impermeable, even under prolonged exposures to high and varying water pressures. These connectors must be reliable enough for frequent connection and disconnection (even under water), corrosion-resistant, lightweight, safe, and easy to assemble. Williams-Pyro, Inc., proposes to develop a line of easy-to-connect, water-impermeable, wet-mateable electrical connectors. These connectors are designed to fit standard electrical hull fittings (EHFs) on Navy submarines and other deep-sea equipment. Williams-Pyro will deliver suitable prototype systems operating under various submergence pressures; laboratory test results that validate our connector design concepts; and EDMs suitable for operating in submersibles being installed shipboard. To exclude seawater from the connector sockets, we will research and test materials for pins, springs, and hydrophobic dielectrics. We will build prototypes, test their performance, and evaluate their ability to operate on Navy submersibles. We will expand our prototype designs to meet military specifications of complex connectors. As we build the prototypes, we will develop a line of connectors to transition into full-scale shipboard implementation.

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