Effect of Ocean Waves on Tracking Low-Elevation Objects in Multipath

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-02-C-4005
Agency Tracking Number: N001-0556
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation 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
 Brian Muskopf
 Senior Engineer
 (512) 263-2101
 bmuskopf@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Conventional flange-type pipe couplings used aboard U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines typically have a large number of axially oriented bolts located around the circumference of the flange. The installation of conventional pipe couplings requiresequal access to all of the bolts to ensure evenly torqued joints. The large number of bolts and accessibility difficulties with conventional pipe couplings results in a labor-intensive process for the removal and installation of these couplings. Nearbystructures and equipment often have to be removed and reinstalled to gain access to the hidden bolts, or joints are inadequately tightened in cases where removal of nearby strucutres is not feasible. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. proposes todevelop a low cost, lightweight, fire-resistant, easily accessible composite pipe coupling that meets the requirements of MIL-STD-777E. The use of composite materials will reduce the cost and weight of the coupling while providing a reliable,fire-resistant, corrosion-free service life in excess of 15 years.

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