High-G Magnetic Capture System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-10-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A092-049-1858
Amount: $119,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-049
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
426 Croghan Street, Fremont, OH, 43420
DUNS: 928298983
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Philip Putman
 Senior Research Scientist
 (419) 499-9653
 pputman@sierralobo.com
Business Contact
 George Satornino
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (419) 499-9653
Email: gsatornino@sierralobo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
High-g testing through controlled deceleration has proven to be a key to the successful development of electronics that must survive gun launch. A magnetic method of deceleration has been widely implemented in a related commercial application (amusement park rides), because magnetic braking has the advantages of simplicity, low-maintenance costs, high-repetition rates, and predictable performance. An advanced version of this technology can meet the higher deceleration needs of the Army Research Laboratory’s component testing program. This technology also improves the fidelity of the tests by allowing a deceleration profile to be programmed. Sierra Lobo, Inc. (Sierra Lobo) proposes to design, fabricate, and test a prototype High-G Magnetic Capture System (HGMCS) in Phase I. The simplicity of the configuration, the amenability of electromechanical systems in general to accurate performance prediction, and the availability of components for the system make it possible to fabricate and begin testing a full-scale prototype. During testing, emphasis will be placed on developing operating procedures and making design refinements that minimize both operating costs and the time that personnel must spend preparing for high-g simulations. Testing will continue during Phase II. If necessary, additional prototypes will be fabricated incorporating the lessons learned during testing.

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