Real-Time Hull Shape Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-M-0115
Agency Tracking Number: N093-213-0415
Amount: $99,683.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-213
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
4865 Walden Lane, Lanham, MD, 20706
DUNS: 625160127
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Baldwin
 Technical Director
 (240) 296-1303
Business Contact
 Jason Kiddy
Title: President
Phone: (240) 296-1301
Research Institution
Aither’s proposed solution will examine the development of an innovative fiber optic hull shape sensing system based on a hybrid sensing scheme to allow for the extremely large number of measurement points required for the submarine structure. During Phase I, Aither will determine the required components for this system and attempt to determine a theoretical accuracy for the proposed system. Aither will also investigate the improvements that may be realized by incorporating the first methodology of monitoring the position of the forward and aft panels relative to the center panel on each side of the submarine into the hull shape monitoring system. Aither’s experience in fiber optic based shape sensing has been developed through multiple SBIR programs including towed sonar array shape estimation and aircraft wing shape measurement. Aither has developed patented, innovative technology through these programs and will leverage this experience to the fullest extent during the SBIR effort. Aither is well aware of the difficulties in not only developing a submarine hull shape monitoring system, but also with integrating the required optical fiber sensors with the submarine structure having completed ABS certification testing for a private customer on a 10 person submarine design.

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