Implosion-Proof SOF Mission Equipment Storage Container

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-C-4107
Agency Tracking Number: N093-203-0396
Amount: $762,264.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-203
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Harry Perkinson
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Adminstrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
The goal of the Phase II effort is to develop an optimized Special Operation Forces Mission Equipment Storage Container (SOF-MESC) based on the best design evaluated during Phase I. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) will develop an optimized man portable flexible container that protects divers from multiple hazards related to carry-on equipment being exposed to pressure during submergence, including harmful off-gases, fire, and implosion or explosion of uncompensated volumes. Implosion characterization tests will be conducted to determine the greatest risk from implosions. Lithium ion battery fire tests will be conducted to reduce the risks associated with these fires. Off gas testing will be performed to verify that all materials used will meet the submarine atmospheric control requirements. The optimized design will be tested to meet Navy qualification requirements resulting in a SOF-MESC that will be approved for use in submerged operations. Engineering development models will be delivered to the Special Operations Community for testing and evaluation in a real-world environment. TRI/Austin will investigate the means to optimize the manufacturing process. A specific commercialization objective of the Phase II work effort is to develop a business unit that will fabricate and sell the SOF-MESC to the Navy and private sector.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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