Shape Memory Alloy Destruction Mechanism (SMADM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0309
Agency Tracking Number: O053-A12-2085
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-A12
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
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
 Chief Executive Officer
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution
In the event of a physical compromise of a secure system, it may be necessary to physically disable the critical components of the system to ensure that critical hardware and software are rendered not useable for reverse engineering. Mide proposes to utilize the unique properties of shape memory alloys to fragment electrical components and boards in the event of a physical compromise. Shape memory alloys experience a transition from martensite to austenite when they are heated above their transition temperature. In martensite the material is very malleable, in austenite the material returns to its memorized shape and is capable of providing significant force. Mide proposes to memorize the shape memory alloy in a wave pattern and insert it into a PC board or electrical component. In the event of a breach, a large amount of current would surge through the electrical system destroying the software and causing the entire system to heat, which would in turn actuate the SMA to physically destroy the board.

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