Automated Non-Destructive Foam Sense and Control Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-13-P-4507
Agency Tracking Number: N122-131-0653
Amount: $79,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N122-131
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Products and Engineering Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Samuel Nieva
 Mechanical Engineer
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Navy"s need for a defoaming system, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Automated Non-Destructive Foam Sense and Control Unit (DEFOAM) based on a novel low- and high-power ultrasonic detection and mitigation technique. The novelty of POC"s DEFOAM system lies in its multi-transducer beamforming approach, which results in a nonlinear effect at the intersection of multiple acoustic beams. This approach forms localized pressure and force gradients, which disintegrate the foam. Moreover, the system is entirely external, as it can operate through tank walls; it is also completely automatic, eliminating humans-in-the-loop. POC"s DEFOAM does not use any chemical agents nor does it require any modifications to existing tanks; it does not require opening the tanks to feed in deforming chemical agents. The DEFOAM system reduces shipboard crew labor and therefore, maintenance and ownership costs, directly addressing Navy requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of foam detection and counteraction capabilities by developing and testing a limited-capability DEFOAM prototype. In Phase II, POC will expand on this development, producing a fully advanced and field-deployable DEFOAM system, ready for certification and qualification, that meets the performance goals developed in Phase I.

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