Crystal Tensile Properties for High Power, 1-3 Composite Projector Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0113
Agency Tracking Number: N081-061-1189
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-061
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 782683007
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Snook
 Research Scientist
 (814) 238-7485
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberger
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Research Institution
In this Phase I SBIR program TRS Technologies will develop high power, high frequency 1-3 composite transducers for high resolution imaging at ranges sufficient for naval applications such as mine classification. In order to understand and model the performance of 1-3 composite projectors, we will measure the electromechanical properties of crystals subjected to tensile stress. We will also initiate characterization of the full dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic property matrices of thermally stable ternary crystals. In Phase II this effort will be extended to high field, high stress electromechanical properties and thermal properties. In collaboration with Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, we will also begin development of new modeling techniques that will incorporate nonlinear effects with field, stress, and temperature. At the conclusion of the Phase I program, TRS and our team will have demonstrated the feasibility of using crystal 1-3 composites for high power, high frequency projector applications. This will serve as the basis for developing full scale transmit/receive arrays for side scan imaging systems in Phase II.

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