Aerial Refueling Hose Energy Absorbing Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0475
Agency Tracking Number: N112-112-1181
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N112-112
Solitcitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, -
Duns: 786127522
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Attila Lengyel
 COO
 (781) 306-0609
 alengyel@mide.com
Business Contact
 Marthinus Schoor
Title: CEO/President
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Email: tienie@mide.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Probe and drogue air-to-air refueling (AAR) involves extending 70 to 80 feet of hose to allow for receiver engagement. If the receiver engages too fast and/or the hose reel fails to keep tension on the hose, a sine wave will develop. This sine wave can produce overloads on the receiver aircraft probe with catastrophic consequences. AR hoses today are designed to meet the strength and construction requirements of MIL-H-4495; however, this specification does not give specific guidance on how to absorb energy. If the AR hose itself were able to absorb the energy of a sine wave, the AR operation would have a truly redundant system, greatly increasing system safety and availability. The number of receiver mishaps would be reduced by orders of magnitude, especially for our high risk receivers. Mide proposes to incorporate energy absorbing material directly into the hose to help mitigate these potentially catastrophic occurrences. The material will not interfere with the current operation of the hose and reel and provide the Air Force with the benefit of a much safe probe and drogue refueling system.

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