AN IMPROVED FUSIBLE LINK FOR FASCAM MINES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12949
Amount: $303,150.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1445 Nw Mall St, Issaquah, WA, 98027
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John C Cole
 (206) 391-8329
Business Contact
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CURRENT MICROFUSES FOR FASCAM MINES, WHOSE DESIGN IS SIMILAR TO MINIATURE DETONATORS OR SQUIBS, HAVE RELIABILITY PROBLEMS. THIS RESULTS IN MINES WHICH SELF-DESTRUCT EARLY, REDUCING MINEFIELD EFFECTIVENESS, OR LATE, ENDANGERING FRIENDLY TROOPS MOVING INTO THE AREA. MINIATURE DETONATORS USING THIN BRIDGEWIRES ALSO HAVE RELIABILITY PROBLEMS. USING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT TECHNOLOGY, SILICON DESIGNS HAS DEVELOPED A REPLACEMENT FOR BRIDGEWIRES USING THIN METAL FILMS ON A SUBSTRATE. THESE THIN-FILM BRIDGES APPEAR TO SOLVE DETONATOR RELIABILITY PROBLEMS. DETONATORS USING THIS TECHNOLOGY ARE CURRENTLY BEING QUALIFIED BY THE NAVY. WE PROPOSE TO APPLY THIS SAME TECHNOLOGY TO FUSIBLE LINKS IN TWO STEPS. FIRST, WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A FORM, FIT AND FUNCTION REPLACEMENT FOR THE EXISTING DESIGN, REPLACING THE THIN TUNGSTEN WIRE WITH A RELIABLE THIN-FILM BRIDGE CHIP. AS A SECOND STEP, WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A UNIT THAT COMBINES MULTIPLE MICROFUSES IN ONE HERMETIC PACKAGE USING THE HIGH-VOLUME, LOW-COST ASSEMBLY METHODS OF MICROELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

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