Embedded Acoustic Sensors on the Surface of Composite Sonar Domes and Aluminum Hull Sections (MSC P4027)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$999,927.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00024-11-C-4198
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-044-0563
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-044
Small Business Information
Materials Sciences Corporation
135 Rock Road, Horsham, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
075537910
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Caiazzo
 Chief Technical Officer
 (215) 542-8400
 tony@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Cassin
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (215) 542-8400
Email: cassin@materials-sciences.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC) is seeking innovative methods for developing low cost conformal sensor arrays. The embedded sensor solution must be robust from the standpoint of installation, connectivity, and in-service durability. To address this need, Materials Sciences Corporation and its manufacturing partners are proposing to develop and demonstrate innovative, structurally robust encapsulation material technologies that will protect the sensors while allowing acoustic performance across a wide frequency range. Phase I of this SBIR program was structured to establish the feasibility of creating low cost conformal sensor arrays on aluminum and/or composite structures. This was achieved through a series of materials selection studies, manufacturing process trials, and fabrication of prototype aluminum and composite panels that include arrays of ebedded acoustic sensors. A set of structural and acoustic performance validation tests will be conducted on the proposed low-cost conformal array concepts under the Phase II prototyping program.

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