Low Cost Single Crystal Transducer Design and Fabrication for Common Low Frequency Projectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0138
Agency Tracking Number: N101-092-1783
Amount: $69,954.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-092
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 782683007
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Snook
 Senior Research Scientist
 (814) 238-7485
 kevin@trstechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberger
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Email: wes@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
TRS Technologies proposes to develop low cost, low frequency, directional sonar transducer elements using relaxor ferroelectric single crystal in a high elastic compliance resonance mode to minimize the amount of crystal material used in the transducer. TRS will also incorporate several low cost transducer fabrication processes based on our existing commercial production of ceramic elements for the industrial accelerometer industry. The goal of this effort will be to produce broadband crystal sonar elements that are capable of operating at the frequencies and source levels required for submarine and surface ship combat system sonar. TRS will design the transducers using 1-D analytical and 3-D finite element models, and we will fabricate prototype elements using the designs which meet program goals as indicated by the model results. Prototypes will be fabricated according to existing commercial methodology that is modified to accommodate single crystal. Transducer fabrication processes will be developed to minimize labor time. The prototype transducers will be tested in air and in water for transmit voltage response vs. frequency and vertical and horizontal beam profiles. By the conclusion of the program, TRS will have demonstrated the feasibility of fabricating cost effective, low frequency crystal transducers.

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