Low Cost Single Crystal Transducer Design and Fabrication for Common Low Frequency Projectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0176
Agency Tracking Number: N101-092-1783
Amount: $740,680.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-092
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Snook
 Research Scientist
 (814) 238-7485
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberger
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Email: wes@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution
TRS proposes to develop an extremely low frequency sonar projector transducer miniaturized through specific designs that allow incorporation into an array on the large diameter underwater vehicles. Piezoelectric single crystal growth technology based on PMN-PT has advanced the acoustic transduction capabilities and has revolutionized various sonar platforms and TRS will utilize second- and third-generation crystal based on PMN-PT to further these capabilities. Special orientations made practical with the piezoelectric single crystal materials along with a combination of transduction techniques will enable low frequency sonar capability. Phase II will optimize the transducer developed in Phase I to increase depth capability while maintaining the order of magnitude reduction in frequency relative to size. A sub-array will be built and tested for performance characterization in this program.

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