Morphing hulls

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH0103CR053
Agency Tracking Number: 02SB2-0046
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marthinus van Schoor
 President
 (781) 306-0609
 tienie@mide.com
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (780) 306-0609
Email: petra@mide.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Mid¿ is proposing to investigate the use of morphing structures to achieve hull forms that can perform optimally underwater and on the surface. Using our extensive experience with large strain materials, Mid¿ will examine in Phase I the feasibility ofhull structures to morph from symmetric shapes for underwater operations and non-symmetric shaped hulls for surface operations. The symmetric underwater shapes will minimize drag and depth control requirements while the non-symmetric surface shapes willallow the submersible to operate at high speed and low drag on the surface.The primary focus of Phase I will be the morphing of the hull structure while considering the need to house/contain a suite of sensors in the hull structure. CFD codes andstructural finite element codes will be used to determine the amount of morphing that can be achieved and the performance that it will provide. In Phase II prototypes will be built to demonstrate the feasibility of the innovation. The most significantbenefits are increase in range, reduced fuel consumption and stealth. Morphing structures also have aerospace applications. UAVs, aircraft launched missiles and gun launched projectiles can benefit from the technology. Structures that can achieve largeshape changes can create a profitable line of toys."

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