Development of Fast and Slow Cook-off Mitigation Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7171
Agency Tracking Number: B083-044-0462
Amount: $99,894.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-044
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive, Whippany, NJ, 07981
DUNS: 015334899
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Olasin
 Senior Staff Engineer
 (973) 326-9920
Business Contact
 Karen Rizzi
Title: General Manager
Phone: (973) 326-9920
Research Institution
A self-powered cook-off sensor is a critical path item for meeting federally mandated insensitive mention (IM) requirements. The sensor must reliably help the venting system mitigate fast and slow cook off when temperatures hit the range of 275°F to 350°F. The output from the sensor must appropriately and consistently power the SRM venting system. MSI’s proposed solution is to use modules that convert thermal energy from applicable cook off environments to electrical energy. Based on pre-proposal testing of candidate modules, MSI is confident that the proposed approach can meet the power, timing, volume, weight, and ruggedization requirements for this critical application. During Phase I, MSI will specify, evaluate, analyze and bench-top test the most appropriate system components, and create a preliminary sensor design including the circuitry and component arrangement. Additional testing will be performed to demonstrate performance. Structural analysis will be used to confirm weight, volume, and operating life goals are feasible. Measured performance coupled with packaging design and evaluations will be used to prove that MDA goals can be achieved if the Phase I project continues into Phase II. The Phase II effort will focus on providing MDA with a viable prototype self-powered sensor that meets MDA needs.

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