Replaceable Inserts for Ship’s Line Handling Chocks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-06-M-0155
Agency Tracking Number: N061-059-0932
Amount: $93,641.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-059
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
81 David Love Pl., Santa Barbara, CA, 93117
DUNS: 160352832
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Garry Gates
 Senior Materials Engineer
 (805) 504-3842
 ggates@ais-usa.us
Business Contact
 Robert Urban
Title: President
Phone: (805) 504-3609
Email: rurban@ais-usa.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Navy ships experience rapid wear and chaffing of ship’s mooring ropes against the standard deck-edge chocks requiring that they be replaced every 18 to 24 months. To minimize this significant cost, Advanced Integrated Systems, LLC (AIS) proposes a new system of replaceable chock inserts – stainless steel covered by a low friction, non-corroding, long life coating. Phase I efforts include performing trade studies, identifying the appropriate performance requirements, developing test samples and performing computerized modeling. These efforts will result in a new chock design which is economical and commercially viable. The new coated chocks will be non-abrasive and will not contribute to the fouling of mooring lines. They will also withstand the forces imparted by the heaviest ship lines and remain unaffected by corrosive marine environments.BENEFITS: The successful chock and replaceable insert design will result in significant life cycle mooring line cost savings for the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and commercial shipping industry.

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