Deep Submergence Rated Flexible Hoses and Piping System Connectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-08-P-0012
Agency Tracking Number: S081-002-0027
Amount: $88,906.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM08-002
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
One Braid Way, Covington, KY, 41017
DUNS: 004237392
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeramie Lawson
 Product Development Manager
 (859) 512-2795
Business Contact
 Jeb Head
Title: President
Phone: (513) 659-9647
Research Institution
Connecting deep submergence systems (submarines) in the field can be a dangerous and difficult task. The rigid piping systems used today have little flexibility to accommodate for variations in connection points and differences in tolerances between vessels. Atkins & Pearce, a 200 year old textile processing company, has developed a technology that uses a multi-layered approach to create a high pressure hose that is extremely flexible. Inspired by the human body, A&P’s technology uses a braided substrate in conjunction with high strength reinforcement rings. Taking existing technology and expertise in the field of fiber science, A&P developed the innovated concept of using compression resistant coils to withstand external pressures and a braided sub-structure to contain internal pressures. A&P’s technology combines burst protection, compression resistance, flexibility, and the ability to attach to a variety of connection points. The system can eliminate unnecessary spare parts and make the job of connecting Deep Submergence Systems easier and safer. Potential civilian applications include offshore oil platforms, deep-sea science research and other underwater systems.

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