Biomimetic Maneuverable EAP Anti-Submarine Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0185
Agency Tracking Number: N071-074-0148
Amount: $99,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-074
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeremiah Slade
 Senior Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
In order to address the U.S. Navy’s need for improved tools for use in Anti-Submarine Warfare IST is proposing to develop an advanced acoustic sensing system consisting of networked smart sensor nodes. Each of these sensor nodes will be mobile and able to communicate with nearby sensors to form a reconfigurable network. Sensor mobility will be accomplished using electroactive polymer (EAP) fins located on the sensor’s hull. This biomimetic configuration will closely resemble that of the cuttlefish, an animal in the cephalopod order. Slight rippling of these laterally fringing fins along with buoyancy control will provide a dynamic lift that can quickly move the sensor from passive suspension to active propulsion. These sensor nodes will also be able to operate for extended periods by utilizing ocean currents and waves as an energy source from which electrical power can be continuously harvested. This approach will utilize long tentacle-like rolls of EAP material attached to the underside of the sensor hull. When strained these EAP “tentacles” will produce an electric current that can be used to harvest energy from movements occurring in the ocean environment such as currents, waves, and pressure differentials.

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