Towed System Marine Life Attack Reduction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-01-C-4031
Agency Tracking Number: N991-2611
Amount: $739,927.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Duns: 625120902
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Dingus
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
Navy Towed Acoustical Array Systems are experiencing damage andfailures due to attacks from marine life such as sharks and otherfishes. During the period of 1996 to1998, damage by suspectedmarine attack on towed arrays totaled more than $8.5 million.Research into the cause of these attacks is needed, along withcountermeasures that can be implemented without reducing sonarperformance.During Phase II, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. will teamwith Dr. Philip Motta of the University of South Florida and Dr.Timothy Tricas of the Florida Institute of Technology toinvestigate this important problem. Results from the Phase Iresearch coupled with Phase II field tests results will be usedto design countermeasures to reduce the incidence of towed arrayfish bite.BENEFITS: Government applications for the proposed work include the reduction of marine life attack and damage to Navy Towed Arrays used in submarines, surface combatants, and during surveillance missions. Private sector applications include theprotection of geophysical and seismic exploration single and multiple streamer configurations.

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