Advanced Reference Electrode for Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0030
Agency Tracking Number: N102-169-0169
Amount: $69,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: N102-169
Solitcitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Giner, Inc.
MA, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
Duns: 066594979
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mourad Manoukian
 Program Manager
 (781) 529-0527
Business Contact
 Anthony LaConti
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (781) 529-0501
Research Institution
Unknown amounts of drift in reference cell readings and unforeseen failures of reference cells can disable shipboard Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) systems and result in expensive rework and repair. Therefore, the United States Navy has identified the need for robust and reliable reference electrodes for use with shipboard ICCP systems to eliminate nuisance alarms and premature failures. Based on these considerations, Giner, Inc. proposes to design and develop a robust and reliable reference electrode capable of operation in seawater or freshwater, with minimal drift, that could be incorporated into the shipboard ICCP systems. The proposed novel concept will utilize graphite substrates modified with certain metal oxide mixtures in carefully designed ratios, where the novel noble metal oxide will not exceed 2% of the total weight of the graphite. The resulting modified graphite reference electrode will be robust with minimal drift and will be capable of incorporation into shipboard ICCP systems.

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