Magnetic Rubber™ Coatings for High-Strength Optical Fiber Communications Lind Payout Cable

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N66001-08-M-1078
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-095-0460
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-095
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Richard O Claus
President
(540) 953-1785
roclaus@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This program would develop high-strength, low bendloss singlemode optical payout fibers with Magnetic Rubber™ coatings, and magnetic mandrel bobbins, for high speed underwater communication data links. Unlike conventional fiber-wound bobbin designs, magnetically-coated optical fiber and a magnetic mandrel offer improved performance during payout at practical vehicle speeds. This is because the magnetic field of the bobbin can be tailored as a function of length, thus allowing an opportunity to reduce fiber stress maxima that occur cyclically during payout. During Phase I, NanoSonic would theoretically analyze the magnetic fields, resulting magnetic forces and fiber stress produced during payout for magnetically-coated payout fiber on a magnetic mandrel of controlled properties. One kilometer test lengths of low bend loss singlemode fiber with magnetic coatings designed to allow attachment to the mandrel would be fabricated and wound in prototype bobbin geometries. Fiber stress during simulated payout would be measured directly, and experimental results compared with analytical values. Phase II would build on the demonstration of magnetic coating production and initial payout results, to improve coating properties and winding and payout designs. NanoSonic would work with a major contractor responsible for the manufacturing and deployment of high speed underwater fiber communications hardware for the Navy.

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