Bladder Fuel/Oxidizer Delivery System for Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Weapon Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$488,150.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-12-C-0615
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-155-0566
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-155
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
87-729-94
Principal Investigator:
Kenneth Heater
President
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Heater
President
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
METSS proposes to develop its flaccid liner approach for fuel/oxidizer delivery systems used in UUV energy sections. A key element is the use of unstressed bags constructed from polymeric materials that are compatible with the liquid reactants required by the power plant. The system is initially powered by passive means to eliminate any external power requirements and provide reactants in any orientation. The fuel bags are able to be incorporated into containment vessels whose shape and placement can be dictated by the power plant and ancillary devices in the energy section. Additionally, other liners within the containment vessels are able to accept spent reactants and fuel cell reaction products to maintain ballast and trim. Corrosion concerns are eliminated through the predominant use of non-metallic materials of construction and thus the service life of the delivery system will be extended. Drainage and refilling is provided using simple through-hull connections.

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