INVESTIGATION OF FERROMANGANESE CRUST DEPOSITS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of the Interior
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$34,970.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
SBAassigned1DOI
Award Id:
61517
Agency Tracking Number:
SBAassigned1DOI
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ANALYTICAL SERVICES CO. (Currently American Technology & Services, Inc.)
127 Liverpool Drive, CARDIFF, CA, 92007
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MR. JOHN TOTH MR. JOHN TOTH
PARTNER
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SEAFLOOR DEPOSITS OF COBALT-RICH FERROMANGANESE CRUST WITHIN THE U.S. EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFFER A POTENTIAL NEW MINERAL RESOURCE FOR STRATEGIC METALS. EVALUATION OF THESE DEPOSITS IS A PRIME OBJECTIVE OF CURRENT AND PLANNED DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR RESEARCH EFFORTS. PRESENT CRUST SAMPLING DEVICES ARE INADEQUATE FOR EFFICIENT RESOURCE ASSESSMENT. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TETHERED, MULTI-SAMPLE CORING DEVICE FOR FERROMANGANES CRUSTS IS PROPOSED. THIS SAMPLER WILL RECOVER UP TO THIRTY PRECISELY LOCATED, FULL-SECTION CRUST SAMPLES ON A SINGLE LOWERING, ALLOWING EFFICIENT, CLOSE-GRID SAMPLING OF DEPOSITS FOR ECONOMIC EVALUATION. THE SYSTEM WILL BE OPERABLE IN RUGGED, STEEP SLOPE ENVIRONMENTS, TO DEPTHS OF 5,000 METERS, AND BE DEPLOYABLE FROM CONVENTIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC VESSELS USING A STANDARD MECHANICAL DEEP SEA WIRE. THE PROPOSED PHASE I PROJECT CONSISTS OF DEVELOPMENT AND ON-SHORE TESTING OF THE SAMPLER DESIGN CONCEPT, FABRICATION OF A PROTOTYPE SYSTEM AND SHALLOW WATER TESTING.

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