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OHIO Class External Hull Antifouling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-17-C-8003
Agency Tracking Number: N161-044-0729
Amount: $1,499,849.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N161-044
Solicitation Number: 16.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-20
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451
United States
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark W. Smithers Mark W. Smithers
 (781) 314-0714
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Phone: (781) 466-8010
Research Institution

The US Navy, and other maritime operators, has a problem with fouling on hull surfaces. Coatings that may be effective when submarines are out at sea are not as effective when the boat is maintained in a static state for long periods of time. The skilled manpower needed, the radiological considerations, and the methods and tools used currently to address fouling in static situations collectively are not cost effective. Boston Engineering proposes to leverage our extensive experience with maritime systems and biological prevention knowledge to provide a modular solution to address the specific needs of the OHIO Class submarine. The solution is versatile and applicable in many antifouling defense and commercial maritime environments. Our solution minimizes manpower needed by combining benefits of autonomous and semi-autonomous system operation and tuned non-contact energy that specifically targets biological forms responsible for fouling. Phase I focused on proving the feasibility of control biofouling growth on submerged surfaces. Phase II Base will establish an automated testing fixture deployable in many different locations, specifically where biofouling is a concern for US ships. Specifically, we seek to optimize application effectiveness while demonstrating modularity and flexibility. Modular aspects of the solution provide transition capability for other antifouling opportunities.

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