Castable Structural Polyurethane Sensor Outer Heads/Housings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,992.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
32556
Agency Tracking Number:
32556
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Alan V. Bray/mr. Bria
(512) 263-2101
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The photonics mast (PM) and integrated ESM mast outer sensor heads/housings planned for advanced submarine (NSSN) system applications will be exposed to demanding structural loads and severe environmental exposures. The PM housings must be able to withstand hydrostatic loads, hydrodynamic loads, underwater explosive shock, mechanical wave slap shock, wind loads, thermal shock, and exposure to high heat, extreme cold, UV radiation, rain, snow and icing. The housings must be durable, inexpensive to manufacture, corrosion resistant, resistant to fungal growth, and have superior radar absorbing capability and have a 15 year service life. PM head/housing designs, materials and manufacturing methods are needed to meet these design requirements. This research project will develop low cost, high performance PM housing designs using innovative castable structural polyurethane (CSP) materials and manufacturing processes. The Phase I development effort will include determining the housing design requirements, performing a CSP materials survey and evaluation, performing CSP material testing, designing CSP outer sensor housings, performing a structural analysis, and defining low cost CSP manufacturing methods.

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