Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing for Naval Transducer Development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$497,979.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-14-C-0130
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-094-0389
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-094
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
5840 Interface Drive, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
876942157
Principal Investigator:
John Sheridan
Advanced Engineering Mana
(734) 222-4680
john.sheridan@solidica.com
Business Contact:
Jay Isle
Office Manager
(734) 222-4680
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 team"s 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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