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Advanced Composite Boats

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-09-M-0073
Agency Tracking Number: N091-049-0450
Amount: $69,300.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-049
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-06-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-12-29
Small Business Information
2071 North Main Street, Sheridan, WY, 82801
DUNS: 191707652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Weitz
 Director of Resources
 (307) 674-6498
 mark@kennoncovers.com
Business Contact
 Ronald Kensey
Title: Director of Resources
Phone: (307) 674-6498
Email: kennon@kennoncovers.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal seeks to develop, refine, and combine, several promising composites construction techniques in order to produce lighter, stronger, more agile boats, ultimately at reduced acquisition costs. These techniques rely on sophisticated uses of fibers and fiber layups, advanced methods of resin infusion, and novel combinations of fabrication methods. The boats proposed will be “unibody-” or “monocoque-” like constructions, with inherent strength-to-weight characteristics. Kennon has assembled an outstanding team to tackle these advances including an innovative manufacturer of fiberglass boats, composite and materials engineers, and a retired naval officer who specializes in advanced manufacturing techniques. Active in innovative manufacturing and applied R&D, this team is well poised to ultimately commercialize the products of this research. Simply building lighter boats will not satisfy operational needs, as weight reduction effects changes in weight distribution, hydrodynamic profiles and stability. Kennon’s team is capable of adapting hull and boat designs to take full advantage of the significant weight reductions planned.

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