Single Crystal Piezoelectric Tonpilz Elements for Small Footprint, High Power Acoustic Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,908.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0211
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-033-0295
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-T033
Small Business Information
TRS CERAMICS, INC.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
782683007
Principal Investigator
 Paul Rehrig
 Director of Research & Development
 (814) 238-7485
 paul@trstechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberger
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Email: wes@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution
 The Pennsylvania State University
 Richard J Meyer
 Applied Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 30
State College, PA, 16804
 (814) 865-9607
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
For this Phase I STTR program, TRS proposes to investigate the use of single crystal piezoelectric tonpilz elements for small footprint, high power acoustic sensors. Target applications are detection and homing acoustic sensors for small diameter (less than seven inches) vehicle platforms. Planar high power tonpilz arrays are the optimum way to obtain the required acoustic pressure and bandwidth for small footprint sensors. Tonpilz elements are designed with mechanical bias to reduce stress-induced failures and typically have electro-acoustic efficiencies greater than 70 percent. As the vehicle diameter becomes smaller, packaging the acoustic sensor power delivery electronics, energy storage, guidance and control intelligence, and propulsion become increasingly more difficult. The approach to providing viable small footprint sensors is to utilize single crystal piezoelectrics to reduce the length of the tonpilz transducer while maintaining the fundamental resonance frequency and acoustic intensity. Single crystal piezoelectrics may also reduce the size of the power delivery electronics as well. TRS Technologies Inc. will combine its single crystal piezoelectric expertise with the acoustic transducer expertise of the Applied Research Laboratory Penn State University for this Phase I STTR research.

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