Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00167-11-P-0135
Agency Tracking Number: N103-222-0343
Amount: $79,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N103-222
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205, Williamsport, PA, -
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ross Bird
 Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
 rbird@qortek.com
Business Contact
 Cathy Brooke
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Email: cbrooke@qortek.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The proposed highly ruggedized Shock Sensitive Circuit Breaker is a large step forward in technology, enabling the benefits of true safety with the inherent ability to add digital electrical interrogation to power systems. The new electrical circuit breaker is designed to operate over a wide range of voltages transparently in the shipboard environment with effect only realized during high shock application to the breaker. During high shock events the breaker achieves guaranteed OFF state (power interrupt) in rapid response to large (pulse) shock event. As a sensor technology alone the very compact and rugged device offers several advantages over conventional sensors such as piezoelectric, fiber optic, magnetic technology: It is very resilient to ambient electrical noise and it is extremely immune to damage induced by up to 1000 over-pressures. The new pressure device requires far less post-processing of the output signal than conventional pressure devices, requiring much fewer additional electronics components to process the raw sensor output for use by the system.

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