Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing for Naval Transducer Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-14-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number: N121-094-0389
Amount: $497,979.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: N121-094
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Solidica, Incorporated
5840 Interface Drive Suite 200, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
Duns: 876942157
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Sheridan
 Advanced Engineering Mana
 (734) 222-4680
 john.sheridan@solidica.com
Business Contact
 Jay Isle
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (734) 222-4680
Email: jay.belleisle@solidica.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In a successful Phase I SBIR research effort the team of Solidica, Inc., Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation-Advanced Acoustics Sector (NASC-AAS), and Fabrisonic LLC identified opportunities for both 41% cost savings and +3 to +4 dB performance improvement in a slotted cylinder projector (SCP) suitable for use in a AN/SSQ-125 sonobuoy, as well as opportunities for additional cost savings and performance improvement in other SCP projectors. The three most significant SCP cost drivers identified were: Hand labor to assemble the ceramic array into the SCP shell, Cost of ceramics, and Cost of the aluminum SCP shell. Performance improvement for the SCP projector will be accomplished by pre-loading the projector such that the ceramic elements are in compression. The teams Phase II SBIR development plan is to design, develop, and fabricate, and analyze the costs of a low cost, high performance slotted cylinder projector for the AN/SSQ-125 sonobuoy utilizing Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing. In the Phase II Option the team will test the prototypes internally and at the Navy's Seneca Lake sonar test facility, document and validate the transducer performance, costs, and best practices.

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