Design of Optimal Outboard Electrical Cables

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35982
Amount: $69,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Alan V. Bray
 (512) 263-2101
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Research Institution
Outboard electrical cable arrays, particularly those in the Vertical Launch System (VLS), have had numerous failures which have led to the loss of weapon readiness and high maintenance/replacement costs. The failures can be attributed to the extremely aggressive environment in which the cables reside. Cables are housed in a free flooded zone, and routinely undergo hydrostatic, thermal, and mechanical stresses. When surfaced, the cables are exposed to air, and experience wet-dry cycles which tend to degrade jacket materials. Cable runs frequently come into contact with sharp metal objects such as angle iron and pass-through holes, which cause abrasion damage to the outer jacket. An improved cabling system with physical properties that meet the demands of this environment with a service life of 20+ years would result in substantial cost savings and improved weapon readiness. Texas Research Institute Austin, (TRI/Austin, Inc.) proposes the development and evaluation of two parallel approaches to solve these problems: 1. An innovative over-coating system for post-manufactured VLS cables 2. A new cable design using modern materials and CY 2000 manufacturing technology The Phase I effort includes development of innovative life testing procedures for comparing cost and performance effectiveness of the two approaches.

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