INVESTIGATION OF FERROMANGANESE CRUST DEPOSITS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Interior
Branch: N/A
Contract: SBAassigned1DOI
Agency Tracking Number: SBAassigned1DOI
Amount: $34,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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ANALYTICAL SERVICES CO.
127 Liverpool Drive, CARDIFF, CA, 92007
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MR. JOHN TOTH MR. JOHN TOTH
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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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