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Magnetometer Arrays for Diagnostics, Control, and Life Management of Electromagnetic Launchers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0030
Agency Tracking Number: N081-066-1009
Amount: $99,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-066
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-12-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-12-14
Small Business Information
110-1 Clematis Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
United States
DUNS: 018791827
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Yanko Sheiretov
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 642-9666
Business Contact
 Joni Hatem
Title: Sr. Vice President
Phone: (781) 642-9666
Research Institution

Railguns offer unique value compared to alternatives, primarily due to cost and logistics advantages, assuming that the sustainment costs are comparable to or lower than alternatives and life management can be integrated into Navy standard practice. JENTEK can help realize the potential offered by railguns by introducing reliable nondestructive testing solutions, practical embedded sensing for diagnostics, and teaming with OEMs to deliver comprehensive life management solutions. In this program, JENTEK will develop tools and methodologies to address life-limiting processes associated with railgun bore changes, such as erosion and material deposition. This will be accomplished not only via in-situ MWM-Array scanning characterization of rail surfaces (feasibility already demonstrated), but also with arrays of embedded magnetometers. During the launch these arrays will provide real-time information on magnetic fields, temperature, current density, and possibly stress, with high spatial and temporal density. Such data would be extremely valuable not only for improved modeling of the launch process and enhancement of future railgun designs, but also for active launch process control, maximizing efficiency and minimizing rail damage. We will also develop hardware and software tools for adaptive life management of electromagnetic launch systems.

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