Magnetoelectric Sensors for Detection and Mapping Applications with UUVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-C-0298
Agency Tracking Number: N041-141-0579
Amount: $329,906.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-141
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Davis
 Research Scientist
 (540) 953-1785
 bdavis@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Richard Claus
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: roclaus@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The local magnetic field within the undersea environment holds particular interest to the Navy in multiple applications including mapping, unexploded ordinance detection and bottomed submarines. In support of the Navy’s expanding role for AUVs for this application, NanoSonic will construct and integrate a magnetic sensing system with an ONR sponsored AUV. This system will consist of a self-contained pod with data logging and signal processing for noise reduction. Initially, magnetic sensing will be employed for mapping a specified undersea region. Its function will be examined using simulation methods to verify and improve function. Signal processing for noise reduction will be developed with simulation models, implemented and tested. Source localization will be the second effort for functional implementation; this will also evolve through detailed simulation. As final tasks, each of these functionalities will undergo field trials with the AUV. NanoSonic will work with university researchers who have specific experience with small, inexpensive AUVs and their cooperative networks. In addition to working with our university partner, NanoSonic will work with a major defense contractor for underwater systems. The NanoSonic PI has direct experience in the defense industry on sensor, propagation and cooperative identification problems through unclassified and classified efforts.

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