Lightweight High Power Metal RubberT Electrical Cables for CG(X) IPS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-10-M-0014
Award Id:
98053
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-126-0018
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-126
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Richard Claus
President, PI
(540) 953-1785
roclaus@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This program would demonstrate the feasibility of replacing heavy high power electrical distribution cables with lightweight Metal RubberTM cables. Lightweight power dense cables are important as feeds from primary power transmission lines below deck to high power weapon and radar systems above deck. Metal RubberT is a low modulus self-assembled nanocomposite with electrical conductivity on the order of that of bulk copper (107 S/m). Its mass density (1 g/cm3) is much less than that of copper (8.96 g/c m3), meaning Metal RubberT cables may offer significant weight savings over conventional copper cables or superconductor-based cable installations which require refrigeration and insulation. Due to its mechanical flexibility, installing Metal RubberT cables after ship sections are interconnected would be easier than installing heavy, rigid copper cables or superconductor transmission line assemblies. During Phase I, NanoSonic would work with input from a major ship system manufacturer, and design, fabricate and analyze the properties of representative Metal RubberT cables. These hardware test articles will allow direct calculation of maximum current density and temperature, and total possible weight reduction. Technical specifications and weight considerations would be used to downselect optimal development paths during a possible Phase II program in cooperation with that ship system manufacturer.

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