Low Cost Manufacturing of Vector Velocity Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-14-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: N122-139-0559
Amount: $743,683.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: N122-139
Solitcitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
Duns: 000000000
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Raffi Sahul
 Director of Business and
 (814) 238-7485
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberger
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Email: wes@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution
Towed array vector sensors are important for US submarine capability in terms of reducing the left right ambiguity. Current towed array vector sensors use particle velocity sensors or accelerometers combined with hydrophones to achieve this performance. Lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystals are used for their high sensitivity. TRS Technologies is a leading manufacturer of PMN-PT piezoelectric single crystals. In the Phase I Base program, TRS Technologies demonstrated various manufacturing methodologies to achieve cost effective fabrication of single crystals for vector velocity sensors that are applicable to other similar naval devices. In Phase II, TRS will develop single crystal based sensor modules, substructures or finished components for the vector sensor device. TRS has currently extensive knowledge for fabrication and assembly of single crystal actuators and transducer devices and combined with the automation expertise that will be added through this program, we will significantly reduce the cost of vector sensors to the US Navy.

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