Low Energy Consumption Compact Control Actuation Systems for Precision Guided Artillery and Mortar Munitions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-14-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A131-013-1064
Amount: $99,659.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2013
Solitcitation Topic Code: A13-013
Solitcitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Custom Analytical Engineering Systems, Inc
13000 Tensor Lane, NE, Flintstone, MD, 21530-
Duns: 603994955
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Kellermeyer
 Senior Engineer
 (301) 722-2013
Business Contact
 Amos Alexander
Title: President
Phone: (301) 722-2013
Email: caes2@mindspring.com
Research Institution
Pyrotechnics offer a novel low energy Control Actuation System (CAS) approach reducing limitations associated with typical electro-mechanical CAS. With 2.5 to 3 times more usable energy stored per unit volume and more importantly a power density that is orders of magnitude greater than that of a comparable electromechanical device, a pyrotechnically driven CAS potentially requires less total volume enabling greater payload, and in some cases enabling control authority outside the bounds of what can be achieved with electromechanical systems. Medium and long range guided munitions, in particular precision guided artillery and mortar munitions, typically utilize some version of an electro-mechanical Control Actuation System (CAS) that deflects aerodynamic surfaces to effect a projectile response which subsequently achieves the required maneuver. Electro-mechanical CAS systems which satisfy these requirements can consume more than 4,000 joules of electrical energy because the capability to deliver peak torque, which is typically only required for a small portion of the overall flight mission, results in high power consumption over the entire flight regime. The demand for increased on board power and energy also requires allocation of significant additional volume in the projectile which could otherwise be available for additional payload.

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