RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF ELECTRIC POWER CABLES - NOVEL CONCEPT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$355,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
4551
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
University Research Engrs & As
1554 Swallow Way, Hercules, CA, 94547
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Thomas F Callahan
 (617) 887-8911
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
MERADCOM IS REDUCING THE NUMBER OF GENERATORS IN THE FIELD; MANY MODERN WEAPONS DEPEND ON ELECTRICITY; THUS, A COMBAT MISSION'S SUCCESS MAY TURN ON THE ABILITY TO RAPIDLY DEPLOY ELECTRIC CABLES AND CONNECTORS. THE IMPORTANT DESCRIPTIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONCEPT ARE RAPID, MOBILE, RELIABLE & FLEXIBLE (RMRF). THE HALLMARK OF THE SYSTEM IS ITS FLEXIBILITY. THE CONCEPT WOULD EMPLOY A PRECOILED CABLE STORED IN A COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER AND A LAUNCHING DEVICE TO PROPEL ONE END OF THE CABLE THROUGH THE AIR. THE CONCEPT ALSO RECOGNIZES THE NEED TO MINIMIZE THE VARIETY OF SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT IN THE FIELD AND WILL UTILIZE EXISTING COMBAT HARDWARE TO LAUNCH THE CABLE/CONNECTOR TOWARD ITS OBJECTIVE. IF HOWEVER, IN THE TURMOIL OF COMBAT, THE PRIMARY SYSTEM IS UNAVAILABLE, THE FLEXIBLE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO PERMIT THE USE OF ANY ONE OF SEVERAL SECONDARY DEPLOYMENT OPTIONS. THE CRITICAL, PHASE I, TECHNICAL ISSUES ARE: (1) TO ELIMINATE THE CABLE'S TENDENCY TO KINK BY PROPER COILING OR DEPLOYMENT METHODS (EXTERIOR BALLISTICS); (2) TO ESTABLISH THE OPTIMUM LAUNCHING DEVICE AND ADAPTOR KIT; (3) TO CONFIGURE THE COLLAPSIBLE PACKAGE. THE PI HAS PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL RAPID DEPLOYMENT PROGRAMS.

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