Structurally Embedded Power and Signal Cabling for Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-3030
Agency Tracking Number: F093-006-2281
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-006
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-12-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-07-30
Small Business Information
511 East Colfax Avenue, South Bend, IN, 46617
DUNS: 062808014
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Barton Bennett
 Co-Owner / President Tech Dev
 (574) 257-7555
Business Contact
 Susan Bennett
Title: Co-Owner / President Bus Admin
Phone: (574) 257-7555
Research Institution
Odyssian Technology proposes to develop multifunctional “power-structure” technology for use in high performance military aircraft. Power-structure technology will involve the symbiotic coupling of structural stiffening with electrical interconnect functionality. This technology will ultimately result in higher performance air vehicles having reconfigurable or self-healing electrical power conductor grids and signal conductor networks embedded within advanced composite structures. The relatively large-area of the air vehicle structure will free-up design constraints by providing significantly larger area to allow for placement of highly redundant conductor networks and to provide greater surface area for improved thermal management. New structural configurations and material system designs will provide improved protection and insulation of the embedded electrical conductors. Novel ingress / egress concepts are proposed for connection of the structurally embedded electrical conductors and tubing or raceways to outside systems. Such concepts offer a variety of possible approaches for connection that are often derivatives or variations of existing proven connection methods. Concepts are also presented that offer the potential for reducing support structures, such as avionic racks. BENEFIT: Multifunctional structure with embedded electrical conductor interconnects will reduce purchase price or acquisition costs of land, air, and space vehicles by eliminating part count and the cost of protective jackets (i.e., harnesses), support brackets, clips, assembly, and installation In addition, weight and volume is reduced to improve system performance and operating efficiencies. Commercial applications exist in both the military and private sectors. Several emerging military platforms have an immediate need to minimize weight, volume, and cost. Private sector applications that are particularly sensitive to weight, volume, and cost include automobiles, recreational vehicle, satellites, and commercial aircraft.

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