CONTINUOUS EXPLOSIVE TUNNELING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2188
Amount: $494,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Machine Design Engineers Inc.
19226 66th Ave So - Ste L-109, Kent, WA, 98032
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dennis Martin
 (206) 251-5990
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE NEED EXISTS FOR AN ADVANCEMENT IN EXPLOSIVE EXCAVATION METHODS TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING CYCLIC PROCESS. PHASE I OF THIS PROJECT WILL PROVE FEASIBILITY OF AN INNOVATIVE EXPLOSIVES EXCAVATION SYSTEM WHICH WILL COMBINE THE AUTOMATION OF TUNNEL BORING MACHINES WITH THE LOW ENERGY AND FLEXIBILITY OF EXPLOSIVES. THE SYSTEM WILL INCLUDE A CONTINUOUS, CONCURRENT CYCLE OF DRILLING LOADING, BLASTING AND MUCK REMOVAL. THE PHASE I WORK INCLUDES AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF EXPLOSIVE DETONATION IN AUTOMATED SYSTEMS. THE CROSSSECTION AND DIRECTION OF THE TUNNEL OR SHAFT WILL BE VARIABLE. THE SYSTEM WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUITED TO THE LOW MECHANICAL POWER NEEDS OF A DEEP BASE. THE PHASE I WORK WILL INCLUDE ANALYTIC AND DESIGN RESEARCH AND A FIELD DEMONSTRATION OF THE EXPLOSIVE TECHNIQUE.

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