Low-Cost Fiber-Optic Connector Cleaner

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0045
Agency Tracking Number: N043-254-0296
Amount: $79,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-254
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
UA Science and Technology Park, 9040 S. Rita Rd.,, Tucson, AZ, 85747
DUNS: 142005334
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Katherine Liu
 (520) 229-1324
Business Contact
 Katherine Liu
Title: President
Phone: (520) 229-1324
Email: ao.kliu@comcast.net
Research Institution
We propose to develop a new fiber optic cleaning system that is designed for low-cost, effective cleaning, compact size, and ease of use. The purpose of the Phase I program is to demonstrate the feasibility of our proposed approach. The comprehensive cleaning system incorporates a solvent cleaning device and a pad cleaner. The simple pad cleaner will be sufficient for minor cleaning and removal of loose particles. The solvent cleaning device will be used for more stubborn contaminants such as oils and sticky debris. With simple adaptors, the system will be capable of cleaning both female and male fiber optic connectors as well as various types and sizes of connectors. Emphasis for the Phase I program will be on experimental evaluation of cleaning effectiveness, conceptual packaging design, and cost-effectiveness analysis.

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