Improvement of the Reference Cell for Impressed Current Cathodic Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0212
Agency Tracking Number: N102-169-0379
Amount: $488,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-169
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX, -
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jinseong Kim
 (979) 764-2200
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrat
Phone: (979) 764-2200
Research Institution
Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) system is the standard method utilized by the Navy for the corrosion protection of fleet ship hulls in seawater. Long term performance of existing and next generation digital controlled ICCP systems requires a high level of performance from the reference cells. However, existing reference cell designs have several performance and reliability issues that have resulted in nuisance alarms, non-optimal operation of the ICCP system, and substantial rework and repair. To address those challenges, during the Phase I project Lynntech developed and tested Advanced Reference Cells (ARC) with high reliability/maintainability by the use of (i) enhanced surface structure, resulting on a rugged, very stable reference electrode; (ii) a protective coating; and (iii) a self diagnosis tool to be incorporated into the digital controlled system for the on-board ARC diagnostic/prognostic. The goal of the Phase II project is to further develop and test rugged, long-life ARC with improved reliability and maintainability for ICCP system required for corrosion protection for use in naval applications. At the end of the Phase II Option, Lynntech will deliver ARC prototypes to the Navy.

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