Crimpless Flexhose for Life-of-Ship Service

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,992.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4557
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-026-0284
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-026
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Michael Barton
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
mdb@creare.com
Business Contact:
Robert Kline-Schoder
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The need to isolate mechanical shock and vibrations between shipboard machinery and the ship hull requires the use of flexible hose assemblies (FHAs) and resilient mounting structures. Resilient mounting structures and FHAs, in particular, are ubiquitous on all U.S. Navy ships, serving as a leak-free conduit for fluids and gases between interconnected pieces of shipboard equipment. Typical shipboard FHAs consist of reinforced polymer hoses that utilize various combinations of polymer tubing; fabric and metal braiding; separation layers; and protective outer coverings. Unlike rigid metal conduit, which can typically withstand harsh service requirements for the life of the ship, polymer-based FHAs degrade over time and need to be replaced often. Creare plans to develop an FHA that is affordable (based on a total life cycle cost basis), durable, and can withstand extreme shipboard service environments for the life of the ship. In Phase I, we will complete a proof-of-concept demonstration of our system. In Phase II, we will fabricate and test a full-scale prototype system.

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