Protective Technologies and Installation/Implementation Methods for Undersea Instrumentation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0413
Agency Tracking Number: N092-099-0004
Amount: $149,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-099
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
4916 Hollopeter Rd, Leo, IN, 46765
DUNS: 800300035
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick McCammon
 Principal Investigator
 (260) 637-0588
Business Contact
 Patrick McCammon
Title: President
Phone: (260) 637-0588
Research Institution
The proposed project will create an innovative Trawl Resistant Tether System to protect vertically suspended, bottom-tethered types of ocean bottom sensor installations from the vulnerabilities of trawl rig damage. It uses innovative geometry and fabrication techniques that do not impact the sensor performance in any way. The proposed system addresses two specific vulnerabilities: damage to the top of the tethered float and sensor assembly caused by contact with the trawl rig leading edge or door, and damage to the tether cable as it exits the truncated pyramid trawl resistant bottom mount base. To resist damage to the tethered float and sensor assembly, the solution incorporates a protective shield that prevents it from snagging in the trawl rigging at the point of transition between the tether and the float and sensor. To eliminate the risk of damage to the tether cable as it exits the base, a pinch- and shear-proof surround at the attachment point is incorporated and prevents the tether cable from being pinched or severed by the leading edge of the trawl rig or the bottom edge of the steel door. The proposed solution for feasibility study offers sensor protection not currently addressed by trawl resistant bottom mount products.

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