Deep Submergence Rated Flexible Hoses and Piping System Connectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-10-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: S081-002-0027
Amount: $516,553.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM08-002
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
One Braid Way, Covington, KY, 41017
DUNS: 004237392
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeramie Lawson
 Product Development Manag
 (859) 512-2795
Business Contact
 Jeb Head
Title: President
Phone: (513) 659-9647
Research Institution
There are many commercially available flexible hoses for use in non-rigid coupling of hydraulic, air, and other piping systems. However, these systems are currently not designed for operating under severe hydrostatic and dynamic pressures experienced by Deep Submergence Systems in their extreme operating environments. The pipes that connect the DDS to the sub are exposed to the water and experience the full compressive force of the ocean at whatever depth the submarine goes to. This high level of external compression will cause traditional hose systems to collapse and fail. A solution is desired that can deliver the required flexibility and withstand the high levels of compression. The United States Special Operations Command published SBIR solicitation topic SOCOM08-002 entitled, "Deep Submergence Rated Flexible Hoses and Piping System Connectors." Atkins & Pearce (A&P) developed a proposal, was selected for Phase I funding, and demonstrated feasibility of their technology during a Phase I SBIR contract (H92222 - 08 - P- 0012). The Phase I feasibility effort focused one developing a technology that can withstand high pressure environments, hydrodynamic, and other forces unique to Deep Submergence Systems operating environments. The design uses high strength flexible fiber based hoses to meet the functional pressure requirments.

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