Seat/Bolster/Other

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$749,838.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
USZA22-03-C-0055
Award Id:
61376
Agency Tracking Number:
S012-0020
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 Middle St., Manchester, NH, 03101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101731227
Principal Investigator:
John LaPlante
Vice President
(860) 684-9573
jlaplante@activeshock.com
Business Contact:
William Larkins
President
(603) 627-8547
blarkins@activeshock.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A shock mitigating suspended seat, which places the Special Forces Operator in an optimal ergonomic position, will be developed for use in the NSW 11M RIB. It will feature a semi-actively controlled shock absorber to optimize the suspension for a broadrange of operator weights and sea states. In the Phase I effort, a conceptual design and architecture for both control hardware and software was developed. This will provide the basis for the detailed design and fabrication of a prototype system capableof withstanding extended proof of concept and feasibility testing in Phase II. Dynamic modeling will be performed using customer supplied craft acceleration data to predict system benefits and provide sensor and actuator requirements. The seat will bedesigned to fit into the same footprint as the current bolster system and will allow ease of rapid ingress and egress for the boat crew and operators. A human factors study of the man machine interface in the NSW 11M RIB will be conducted to ensure thatthe proposed optimal ergonomic position is compatible with the location of craft monitoring and control devices. A design budget approach will be used to track the total system cost, weight and space claim.

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