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83 Phase I Selections from the 05.3 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
ARETE ASSOC.
P.O. Box 6024
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
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(520) 571-8660
Mr. Thomas Reilly
NAVY 05-138      Selected for Award
Title:Expendable Electro-Optic Infrared Camera System
Abstract:Due to the limited number of P-3 aircraft, the most economical and expeditious way to enhance operations and ensure crew safety is to incorporate a low-cost expendable Sonochute Launched Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or (SL-UAS). Due to size, power, and weight limitations it is unrealistic to apply traditional gimbal technology to these small vehicles, however, the stability of the platforms, coupled with their small field-of-view sensor necessitates the capability to command and stabilize their sensors to provide useful imagery. By using a MEMS Scan Mirror we will be able to address the power, size, and weight restrictions of the UAS that prohibit the use of traditional gimbal technology, while providing a stabilized pointing system with a large field-of-regard for the IR camera imagery. Additional benefits of the system include:  Pointing capability allows for 90o circular Field-of-Regard (FOR)  Inertial image stabilization allowing for longer integration periods while maintaining Modulation Transfer Function (MTF)  Step-Stare capability allows for buildup of mosaiced scenes

B.E. MEYERS & CO., INC.
14540 NE 91st Street
Redmond, WA 98052
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(425) 881-6648
Dr. Charles E. Hamilton
NAVY 05-138      Selected for Award
Title:Expendable Electro-Optic Infrared Camera System
Abstract:The Navy has a need for low-cost cameras to be used in disposable UAV's for maritime reconnaissance. B.E. Meyers offers a suite of three cameras, enabling viewing anytime in a 24-hr day, in all sorts of weather conditions. For low-scattering environments, including rain or mist, ultra-sensitive CCD's, with electronic shuttering capability and an optional LED illuminator, enable imaging under conditions ranging from daylight to overcast starlight. In high-scattering, low-visibility conditions, such as fog, a low-cost microbolometer LWIR camera images by detecting thermal signatures of the scene. All cameras are able to identify humans easily, and recognize or identify small weapons. The cameras are electronically imaged stabilized using chip-level gyros to sense three orthogonal rotations. Averaged, camera costs remain below $1.5K. Cameras are cradled in a pan & tilt mechanism that has a mirror to define the viewing direction. The complete pan/tilt/zoom camera package occupies a 2.5" diameter cylindrical space, and weighs 2 lbs., conforming to Coyote UAV requirements. Among proposed activities are: 1) lab and field testing of all camera systems, with comparison to standard CCDs and Gen III night vision, 2) shake testing of an gyro-stabilized camera, and 3) Preliminary Design development leading into Phase II.

HOOD TECHNOLOGY CORP.
1750 Country Club Road
Hood River, OR 97031
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(541) 387-2288
Dr. Andy von Flotow
NAVY 05-138      Selected for Award
Title:Expendable Electro-Optic Infrared Camera System
Abstract:The side looking camera of Sono-buoy launch UAV can be stabilized using a two axis system with limited travel, solid state gyros for feedback and torque motors. This technology is available on Hood Technology's existing AltiCam turrets. The new system would however fit in a 3x3 inch space, unlike the 7inch space for AltiCam. Two imagers, the Sony FCB-IX10 and the FLIR Omega are imagers that meet size and cost requirements. We also propose an outer roll stage to decouple UAV trajectory and imaging.

LAKOTA TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
PO Box 1180
Laurel, MD 20725
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(301) 725-1700
Mr. J. Robert Pence
NAVY 05-139      Selected for Award
Title:Data Distribution Service in Linux Kernel Module
Abstract:The Publish/Subscribe (Pub/Sub) paradigm has become a key component of the Navy Open Systems Architecture (OA) initiative. The finalization of the Data Distribution Service (DDS) specification by the Object Management Group has solidified a common approach for performing data centric distributed computing for real-time applications. However, there are potential latencies induced in the data exchanges that occur through DDS compliant product as a result of the context switching that occurs as the computing device switching between user and kernel space. This SBIR is focused on determining the feasibility of implementing the DDS specification as a Linux Kernel Module (LKM). If a successful, DDS LKM can be created, the resultant performance of this implementation vice a DDS that is solely resident in the user space will also be measured. Additionally, Lakota is proposing the incorporation of functionality within this Kernel module that will support Adaptive Resource Management to ensure that the requested Quality of Service agreements are maintained.

REAL-TIME INNOVATIONS
3975 Freedom Circle, 6th Floor
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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(408) 200-4753
Mr. Joe Schlesselman
NAVY 05-139      Selected for Award
Title:Data Distribution Service in Linux Kernel Module
Abstract:Real-Time Innovations (RTI) proposes to develop an implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems that runs in Linux Kernel space. This implementation will be based upon NDDS 4.0, a DDS product uniquely suited to fit into an OS Kernel space. The modular architecture of NDDS allows significant performance improvement possibilities, which are discussed in detail in this proposal. Far beyond the usual expectations for a Phase I SBIR, we intend to have completed work produced by this effort rolled into our standard product at the end of the Phase I Option. This Phase I effort will culminate in a high-quality proof-of-concept design, testable code, and quantifiable performance results. Much development work will remain to optimize and fully test our solution during Phase II, but we are confident of our ambitious approach.

ADVANCED CERAMICS RESEARCH, INC.
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop
Tucson, AZ 85706
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(520) 573-6300
Mr. Jason Douglas
NAVY 05-140      Selected for Award
Title:Expendable Ad Hoc Networked Data Link System
Abstract:Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM) continues to be a preferred solution for wireless broadband data transfer. Currently many Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions are available with a wide range of performance optimizations from low cost 802.11.g using 64 carriers to more expensive Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial (DVB-T) solutions supporting over 8000 carriers. Advanced Ceramics Research, partnering with RTI's Center for Advance Networking Research, proposes to leverage their existing joint research UAV RF links, optimizing for a low cost and long distance RF link for expendable SL-UAV applications. The phase I effort will investigate existing COTS technologies with limited modifications in conjunction with a highly efficient RF technology for reaching a 50 nautical mile range while minimizing the radio Doppler effects from motion of the P-3 and SL-UAV.

AERONIX, INC.
1775 W. Hibiscus Blvd., Suite 200
Melbourne, FL 32901
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(321) 984-1671
Mr. Geoffrey Miller
NAVY 05-140      Selected for Award
Title:Expendable Ad Hoc Networked Data Link System
Abstract:The increasing need to provide information to the warfighter is driving the need for innovative sensor systems. This SBIR addresses the need to incorporate UAV operational capability into the P-3 aircraft in support of its many diverse missions. Benefits to UAV usage with the P3 include cost economics, enhanced operations, and crew safety. Currently there are no commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Ad Hoc Networked Data Link Systems in use today that meet all of the needs for UAV applications by the P3. Current commercial solutions are high cost, too large, have limited range, operate only in commercial frequencies and do not have encryption. Aeronix is proposing, per this SBIR, to provide a SL-UAV Data Link that is based upon the COTS IEEE 802.16D specification but is enhanced for DoD military requirements. Aeronix will directly leverage its existing 802.16 Rev D software radio (SCA compliant) solution which has been designed to provide 65.5 Mbps throughput over ranges up to 70 miles with beam antennas.

EFFICIENT CHANNEL CODING
600 Safeguard Plaza, Suite 100
Brookyln Hts, OH 44131
Phone:
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(216) 635-1610
Dr. Russell A. Fuerst
NAVY 05-140      Selected for Award
Title:Expendable Ad Hoc Networked Data Link System
Abstract:The objective of the WiMax Expendable Ad-hoc networked Sonochute Launched (WEASL) Data Link Module is to address the deficiencies in the current Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) communication links by designing an low-cost, expendable ad-hoc networked data link capable of supporting multiple Sonochute Launched Unmanned Air Vehicles (SL-UAV). The intent of the digital communication system would allow for a common physical interface for various sensor payloads and an IP v6 data interface for various software/user applications. The WEASL data link module would provide large bandwidth for increased data throughput and routing of ad-hoc network traffic and be robust enough to work under difficult channel conditions over a large operational distance. The link would be able to adaptively adjust its' bandwidth to maintain link integrity and Quality of Service (QoS) in Line of Sight (LOS) operational conditions. It is anticipated that the use of the COTS WiMAX (IEEE 802.16) standard with a modified carrier frequency for the air interface could satisfy all the requirements for the physical link and be compliant with IP v6 protocols useful for interfacing with various payloads and providing routing functionality onboard the UAS to include ad-hoc networking capabilities.

TIME DOMAIN CORP.
7057 Old Madison Pike, Suite 250
Huntsville, AL 35806
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(256) 428-6403
Mr. William Beeler
NAVY 05-140      Selected for Award
Title:Expendable Ad Hoc Networked Data Link System
Abstract:Time Domain Corporation (TDC) proposes using an Ultra-wideband (UWB) communication system to provide a reliable multi-kilometer RF link between an aircraft such as a P-3 and sonochute launched unmanned aerial vehicles (SL-UAVs) like the Coyote. The intended UWB receiver uses coherent integration to pull signals from the noise and to reconstruct and decode the information symbols. TDC has demonstrated several long range line of sight (LOS) ground-to-ground links (approximately 15 km) using a high gain directional receive antenna, and shorter range LOS ground-to-UAV links (approximately 1 km) using very small omni-directional antennas and effective isotropic radiated power (E.I.R.P.) of 9.5 dBm = 9 mW. TDC's UWB physical layer supports standard packet-based networking protocols including Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). TDC has demonstrated multi-node TDMA networks for communications applications. For this project, TDC will identify requirements, design a UWB signaling structure, and analyze the link budget and LPI/LPD characteristics associated with the proposed solution. Based on the analyses, TDC will define a prototype system to be built and tested in Phase II. The program will determine feasibility of meeting size, weight, and power consumption requirements with UWB radios that support the network requirements for communications between the P-3 and SL-UAVs.

CONTROLEX CORP.
16005 Sherman Way, Suite 105
Van Nuys, CA 91406
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(818) 780-8877
Mr. Bruce Kaufman
NAVY 05-141      Selected for Award
Title:A Very High Speed TeraByte Solid State Mass Memory Implemented with Stacked Die
Abstract:Proposed is the use of breakthrough technique to develop a TeraByte solid state mass memory (SSMM)for network-centric avionic applications. The memory portion will be implemented with 16 high multiple die stacks. Transfer rates of 250MBytes/S are achieved by a novel scheme for interleaving banks of NAND flash chips. The proposed SSMM is a dual port unit, supporting PCI Express and legacy 1553 ports. Extensive use is made of proprietary IP ported to FPGAs to handle complex memory management and I/O activities

SEAKR ENGINEERING, INC.
6221 S. Racine Circle
Centennial, CO 80111
Phone:
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(303) 784-7706
Mr. Brett Koritnik
NAVY 05-141      Selected for Award
Title:High Density Solid State Memory for Avionic Network Applications
Abstract:In their current state, memory density and its associated packaging costs will be a limiting factor in supporting the various Network Centric Warfare (NCW) mission capability packages that tomorrow's aircraft will be asked to perform. Any rugged memory platform, whether it is currently being developed or is a future revolutionary technology, will need to increase density to accommodate the need. The goal is to provide 5 to 10 times today's memory capacity and be able to operate in harsh military environments and provide features such as safe memory management, high speed network connectivity and long term reliable operations. There are several diverse and innovative technologies that are currently evolving that have the promise of satisfying these mission needs during the three-phase SBIR program. This SBIR Phase I study will investigate the advancement paths of a diverse group of memory technologies in the context of refined DoD requirements. Further, this study will focus on identifying which of these advancements could best meet the needs and how the DoD may be able to influence the direction of such advancements.

EPSILON LAMBDA ELECTRONICS CORP.
396 Fenton Lane, Suite 601
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone:
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(630) 293-7118
Mr. Robert M. Knox
NAVY 05-142      Selected for Award
Title:Real Time Wireless Network for Avionics Applications
Abstract:The US Navy has identified the need to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies that leverage existing and emerging commercial real-time wireless circuitry by upconversion of frequency to 60 GHz for short range, high security applications. This topic proposes to gain the advantages of emerging microwave commercial off-the-shelf technology by upconverting to 60 GHz (V-band) where atmospheric absorption inhibits the ability of enemy forces to intercept or jam the communications network. Proposed is a wireless network for avionics applications operating at 60 GHz that is (1) light-weight, (2) low-cost, (3) highly reliable and capable of very wide bandwidth (4) operates in hazy or dusty environment, and (5) operates with low power drain. The network will have seamless interoperability with local nodes that can operate in a wireless network, but with extended connection and backward compatibility to existing wired networks. It will have high data capacity and high data rate transfer. It can be implemented in either a client-server network or an ad-hoc configuration to serve the needs of mobile and fixed nodes whether in direct line-of-sight or as an omni-directional local area network cell (non line-of-sight). Design considerations will include consideration of operation with adaptive power level to minimize detection.

MAXENTRIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
2071 Lemoine Avenue Suite 302
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone:
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(858) 272-8800
Mr. Houman Ghajari
NAVY 05-142      Selected for Award
Title:W Band, Real Time Wireless Network for Avionics Applications
Abstract:The 60 GHz frequency band possesses the potential for secure, low-power, and high-data rate communication links. MaXentric's 60 GHz ViFi system is an effective method that overcomes the current challenges of deploying reliable 60 GHz networks. ViFi's architecture has undergone detailed analysis and is capable of meeting the temporal accuracy constraints of avionics applications. ViFi's chosen air interface is well suited for intensive multi-path environments and will facilitate mathematical modeling to determine network stability, accuracy, and robustness.

RESERVOIR LABS., INC.
632 Broadway, Suite 803
New York, NY 10012
Phone:
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(212) 780-0527
Dr. Peter Mattson
NAVY 05-143      Selected for Award
Title:High performance IP networking over the backplane with next generation protocol factoring
Abstract:High-performance embedded systems often comprise multiple single-board computers (SBCs) connected via a common backplane bus. The SBCs usually communicate using the Internet Protocol (IP) over Ethernet, but using Ethernet requires that the system contain an Ethernet switch and, potentially, additional cabling. The logical alternative is to enable IP-based communication over the backplane, taking advantage of the backplane's performance potential. We propose high-performance, Linux-based, IP-compatible process-to-process communication using standard multicomputer backplanes for physical data transport. Because backplane accesses are privileged operations, the implementation must reside in the Linux kernel, and hence will consist of one or more loadable kernel modules. The software architecture will provide a framework for IP-compatible communication across general shared-memory interconnects. Distinct components within the framework will support specific standards such as Versa Module Eurocard (VME) and Compact PCI (cPCI), and will exploit optional performance-enhancing features of common devices (e.g., DMA). This structure will provide the flexibility to support both future backplane protocols and enhanced feature sets in future backplane adapter devices. Since the reliability of the communication protocol is critical to the stability of a distributed system, we also propose applying Reservoir's expertise with dynamic and formal verification to the implementation.

TWIN OAKS COMPUTING, LLC
1315 Clarkes Circle
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone:
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Topic#:
(303) 947-6958
Mrs. Nina Tucker
NAVY 05-143      Selected for Award
Title:Backplane Internet Protocol Connectivity in Linux
Abstract:The objective of this effort is to demonstrate the applicability of the versa module eurocard (VME) backplane and the compact peripheral component interconnect (cPCI) backplane as transport mediums for Internet Protocol (IP) packets in the Linux kernel. In addition, we will identify the requirements, design, and estimated performance of a Linux 2.6.2*n kernel device driver to support this connectivity. The opportunity is significant because performance and cost benefits may be realized by providing IP connectivity across the backplane.

ADVANCED MATERIALS & PROCESSES
104 Inwood Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone:
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(512) 557-7461
Dr. John L. Massingill, Jr.
NAVY 05-144      Selected for Award
Title:Sealant Application Process and Technology Development
Abstract:Advanced Materials & Processes (AMP) has identified a viable approach for applying Class B or C sealants that will meet quality criteria for thickness, porosity, continuity, and application time. The project will develop a rapid dispensing process for consistent application of the minimum weight of sealants to solid surfaces. Current methods are time consuming and applicator dependent, resulting in unwanted variation in quality and excessive weight. The process will give consistent results in confined spaces. The process will uniformly spread sealant over the faying surface in a minimum amount sufficient to provide a continuous bead of sealant "squeeze out" along all flange edges after the parts are assembled. Polysulfide sealants typically have a part A and a part B with a viscosity of about 2000+ Poise with a mix ratio that is critical to the performance of the sealant. AMP has identified hand held, pneumatic and electric proportional pumps/dispensers and disposable static mixers with bead and ribbon nozzles as a potential solution to meet the need for accurate control of variable mix ratio, thickness, porosity, and application time. Once this accurate control is established, then robotic application of the sealant with optical confirmation of continuity and bead size will be modeled and then implemented.

TIAX LLC
15 Acorn Park
Cambridge, MA 02140
Phone:
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Topic#:
(617) 498-5848
Dr. Jacqueline Ashmore
NAVY 05-144      Selected for Award
Title:Sealant Application Process and Technology Development
Abstract:Sealants are currently applied manually to aircraft which is a time-consuming process that results in unwanted variation in sealant thickness and quality, making a controlled and reliable automated application method extremely advantageous. We propose novel technology for spraying to deliver a controlled high-speed jet of sealant droplets, which will impact and adhere to the surface to be coated. Three fabrication issues which are particularly important in the design process are (i) keeping the spray head small to enable sealant to be applied to target surfaces in confined spaces, (ii) making the application process rapid, and (iii) generating a uniform sealant bead, and we explain how our proposed design satisfies these criteria. We choose a spray method which minimizes nonuniformity in the sealant bead, and additionally propose evaluation of post-processing methods to increase the bead quality after application. The TIAX approach combines successful methods for handling highly viscous materials with spray delivery which is currently used for less viscous fluids. We present our approach and discuss the construction of the device. The proposal also includes a description of a number of features which ensure that the device is reliable, robust, and easy to use.

COMPOSITE APPLICATIONS, INC.
19649 70th Ave. So.
Kent, WA 98032
Phone:
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(253) 872-0870
Mr. Kurt Gustafson
NAVY 05-145      Selected for Award
Title:Core Milling Processes and Technologies
Abstract:Core cutting is one aspect of advavced composite manufacturing that has traditionally lagged behind other composite materials and manufacturing processes, until the recent development of the highly successful CNC Ultrasonic Cutting Process. This process substantially eliminates the resulting dust and many other objectionable aspects of machining details from a sheet or block of core in an otherwise modern, clean manufacturing environment. Ultrasonic cutting, relative to composite manufacturing, was initially envisioned by the developers as primarily a superior method of cutting single andmultiple layers of prepreg, as a way to minimize the wear resulting from the abrasive nature of the combinations of fibers and resin systems. Therefore, the development of the ultrasonic cutting tools was primarily limited to short knives. When it was determined that ultrasonic cutting was a superior method of machining honeycomb, longer knives and other types of ultrasonic cutters were developed, which satisfy the requirements for a greatly improved process of cutting most types of core. However, loaded core materials (military programs) have not been available to the technology developers. Therefore this project will explore what additional developments, enhancements and new processes are required to address the problems of machining loaded core, including Total Process Time.

THIRD WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
7900 West 78th St., Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Phone:
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(952) 832-5515
Dr. Troy D. Marusich
NAVY 05-145      Selected for Award
Title:Improved Loaded Core Milling Process
Abstract:Military aircraft utilize advanced materials like loaded core composites for superior strength, weight, fatigue and stealth properties in parts such as ailerons, flaps, runners, leading edges and rudders. While new processes like ultrasonic machining for cutting and shaping of loaded cores are an improvement over traditional milling methods to reduce dust, they are slow and suffer from rapid tool wear. Our Phase I project will demonstrate innovative loaded core milling modeling and process technology the Navy needs to reduce cycle time by 50% while maintaining or improving tool life. Teaming with Lockheed Martin, we will: (a) Apply physics-based modeling to address thermal, tool life and material removal rate (MRR) problems inherent in ultrasonic machining of loaded cores; (b) Meet program requirements by working with suppliers to achieve a 50% cycle time reduction; (c) Reduce scrap due to fraying and workpiece inaccuracies; (d) Eliminate trial-and-error testing; (e) Predict forces, temperature, tool wear and workpiece quality; and (f) Establish process parameters and tooling to improve MRR and tool life. Our three-phased development program will: (a) Demonstrate modeling for process representation; (b) Identify conditions for improved cycle time and tool life; and (c) Formulate a plan to integrate modeling and ultrasonic machining system.

BECK ENGINEERING
3319 21st Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone:
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(306) 876-9710
Dr. Douglas S. Beck
NAVY 05-146      Selected for Award
Title:Compact Powerfeed Drill for Limited Access Drilling
Abstract:The Navy needs a compact drill with controlled powerfeed for drilling holes in limited access areas of aircraft structures. We propose to adapt technology we are developing for a compact high-speed high-power milling spindle to develop a compact powerfeed drill for the Navy. Our drill uses compact high-stiffness large-damping hydrostatic bearings which: minimize the distance from the centerline of the spindle to the top of the drill housing; minimize the overall size and weight of the drill; and provide a large amount of damping, which leads to smooth holes and long tool life. Our drill uses direct liquid-turbine drive, which can generate large torques in a compact space claim with few parts that can wear. Our drill uses a hydraulic feed system to generate required controlled thrust forces with a compact cavity size. In Phase I, we will: develop a design for a pre-prototype drill; provide a simulation of our drill machining provided F-35 part models; and demonstrate a breadboard compact powerfeed drill. In Phase II, we will build and demonstrate a prototype drill. In Phase III, we will sell our compact powerfeed drill to the government and the private sector.

METIS DESIGN CORP.
222 Third Street, Suite 3121
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone:
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(617) 661-5616
Ms. Kristin Jugenheimer
NAVY 05-146      Selected for Award
Title:Limited Access Precision Drilling
Abstract:The complex structural and assembly design of the F-35 requires precision hole drilling in areas with limited human access. Current drilling methods are limited to small, handheld, right-angle power-feed drill motors and manual, non-power-feed drill motors, which may compromise operator safety and hole quality. Metis Design Corporation (MDC) has developed an initial concept for a right-angle power-feed drilling device for applications with limited access to the desired hole location. The device uses a torsionally stiff flexible shaft to convey rotary power to the drillbit paired with conventional technology for thrust and positional accuracy. Further, the device is anchored to the work piece with a clamp, which increases both operator safety and hole quality. In addition, the power-feed system features automatic peck-drilling cycles for optimal drilling of stacks of composite materials. The proposed research includes finalizing the conceptual design and simulating the system, developing plans for construction and testing of the device, and functional testing of critical components.

SYSFLEX, INC.
200 E. Dana St. #8
Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone:
PI:
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(650) 814-1076
Mr. Peter C. Salmon
NAVY 05-146      Selected for Award
Title:Limited Access Drilling
Abstract:A powerful and rugged 1-inch diameter drilling machine includes independently controlled drill and feed motors. Electrostatic motor technology is employed for creating high torque in a compact size. Commercial ion implantation techniques are used to create highly charged regions on disk rotors. The controller is an attached module that employs a variable frequency control algorithm. The algorithm provides fine grained control and updates every 5 microseconds. Automated drilling is supported, including the ability to sense and prevent jamming of the drill bit. The control algorithm adapts the speed and feed rate for different drill diameters and different materials such as aluminum, titanium, and composite. The tool will be rugged, reliable, low-maintenance, easy to use in tight spaces, well-powered, automatically controlled, safe, and operable using hands-free operation. It will have a faster cycle time than current methods because the controller will enable it to operate at maximum feed rates, while avoiding problems like delamination and jamming. It will be capable of making multiple drilling passes automatically, for example if accumulated shavings create a problem. Other problems such as tool breakage, poor hole quality, re-work, delamination, burrs, and operator fatigue should be avoided.

TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES
11680 Brittmoore Park Dr
Houston, TX 77041
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(713) 722-8501
Mr. James Sullivan
NAVY 05-146      Selected for Award
Title:Limited Access Drilling
Abstract:Tooling Technologies has the experience and knowledge to develop a limited access drilling unit for the mating process of the Lockheed Martin F35 program. Tooling Technologies, in a joint design and development venture with Lockheed Martins' Fort Worth facility, has developed and produced a new inline, state of the art drill motor that has significantly reduced processing time while still producing quality holes. This unit utilizes an air over oil concept to produce the force required for self feed, differentiating itself from virtually all gear driven positive feed drill motors currently in use. Tooling Technologies then designed a model utilizing the same force technology of the inline except in a right angle configuration. This model meets the F35 specifications except for the size requirements. The opportunity will be to design a smaller right angle drill using the same drilling technologies of the two previous models. This action will enable companies such as Lockheed Martin Aerospace to capture significant cost savings in the form of reduced processing time (cost per hole) and the reduction and or elimination of scrap and rework. In conclusion, Tooling Technologies has proven it has the ability and personnel to design, manufacture and commercialize the proposed drill.

GCAS, INC.
1531 Grand Avenue, Suite A
San Marcos, CA 92078
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(760) 591-4227
Dr. Tuan Le
NAVY 05-147      Awarded: 10FEB06
Title:A Logic Model-based Decision Expert Planning Tool for Ship Modernization
Abstract:In this proposal we present the design of an interactive and dynamic Ship Modernization Planning System based on the Logic Modeling paradigm. The Logic Model based approach allows us to devise the planning system's architecture that supports outcome-based planning and evaluation at multi levels of authority and collaboration. In addition, this architecture naturally integrates assumptions and external factors that contribute to the success or failure of a plan. Plans are interactively and dynamically generated and adapted by a Plan Authoring module that lies at the heart of the planning system. Plan generation, execution, and evaluation are supported by Expert Decision Support technology solution and governed by a Process Coordination module. This allows Participating Acquisition Resource Managers to efficiently plan, coordinate, model and track all aspects of ship modernization. With a Web-based User Interface module, the planning system will allow users to access to adaptive and interactive resource management, budgeting, cost control, risk identification and mitigation, conflict alerts, efficiency analysis and configuration management. Considered as a crucial part of our effort towards building such a planning system, we will develop a Software Build Plan and a Software Prototype to demonstrate the feasibility of the Phase I effort.

STOTTLER HENKE ASSOC., INC.
951 Mariner's Island Blvd., STE 360
San Mateo, CA 94404
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(617) 616-1291
Dr. Eric Domeshek
NAVY 05-147      Awarded: 10FEB06
Title:Web-Based Acquisition Coordination Tools with Embedded Expertise
Abstract:Modernizing naval vessels is a tremendously complex task, requiring coordinated effort by representatives of many different organizations, and subject to frequently shifting temporal, fiscal, physical, and technological constraints. The Navy lacks automated tools to support key modernization decision-makers. In particular, Participating Managers (PARMs) need coordination and decision support in modeling, planning, and tracking projects. Filling this need defines the vision underlying Acquisition Decision Expert Planning Technology for Modernization (ADEPT-M). Our approach to realizing ADEPT-M draws on our extensive experience building and applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools including decision-aids, planners, simulations, and knowledge management environments for military problems. It also draws on our proven capability integrating core visualization, knowledge representation, inference, and intelligent behavior control capabilities in web-based environments to support distributed work. In this Phase I project, we propose to (1) identify the requirements for an effective ADEPT-M system, (2) define an appropriate overarching technology architecture responsive to those requirements, (3) develop a corresponding software system design and build plan, and (4) produce a limited proof-of-concept demonstration with supporting documentation. The ultimate ADEPT-M system will provide an innovative mix of collaboration and expert-system decision-support capabilities for modeling, planning, and tracking ship modernization in an easily useable and available web-based format.

JOB PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS, INC.
1240 N. Pitt St,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(703) 683-5805
Dr. Lee Ann Wadsworth
NAVY 05-148      Awarded: 14FEB06
Title:Hybrid Sailor performance and training
Abstract:We offer a strategy to define the work and worker characteristics of the new Hybrid Sailor for a new class of ship the Navy is developing to meet demands of the global war on terrorism and unanticipated threats. Due to technology and reduced manning, the work for any particular rating will likely be different from ships of similar size and mission. Therefore, we propose to develop proof of concept for a selection system to recruit and select sailors into this new class. In Phase I we will conduct a futuristic job analysis which will include conducting interviews, focus groups and surveys to identify the SkillObjects (work tasks and related knowledges, skills, abilities and tools). Then tasks will be apportioned among the new "ratings" on the ship and aptitude standards developed for one Hybrid Sailor rating; we anticipate that stress management will be at least one of the important aptitudes. The final step will be to develop a plan to select, administer and validate a selection system for the Hybrid Sailor. In Phase II we propose to develop and validate a prototype test and in Phase III we will expand the process to all other Hybrid Sailors.

PROGENY SYSTEMS CORP.
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(703) 368-6107
Dr. Michael Hertz
NAVY 05-148      Awarded: 14FEB06
Title:Hybrid Sailor performance and training
Abstract:The U.S. Navy requires Sailors who can engage in multi-tasking, high stress, team oriented missions without degradation in any of the tasks and with minimal requirements for training. In order to select these Sailors an assessment battery must be developed to provide a method by which to accurately and efficiently place individuals in jobs that fit their strengths and weaknesses. Our approach will include a comprehensive literature review, task analysis, select validated instrument to measure personality traits, and integrate the findings into the Navy's existing infrastructure. Our research design will include both concurrent and predictive validation approaches.

ASSETT, INC.
8616 Phoenix Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(703) 365-2200
Mr. Wayne Jakubowski
NAVY 05-149      Awarded: 07FEB06
Title:Combat Systems of the Future
Abstract:The combination of Systems Engineering, Cognitive Engineering, and the concept of Human-Computer Collaboration together devise an innovative path forward towards intelligent automation and ultimately reduced manning. The process for improving decision making in an environment of tremendous uncertainty is extremely challenging. Our current sensor-function approach to combat systems has resulted in layer upon layer of operator requirements and analysis, no longer tenable for the future. As budget pressures continue towards improved efficiency and the emphasis towards smaller, autonomous vehicles gains more ground, the need for "intelligence-based" systems will compound. Technology available today provides "disruptive" opportunities that are wasted within a "refinement/restructure/reorganization" methodology. It is time to re-engineer our thinking and enable the Future Combat System.

MIKEL, INC.
151 Martine St
Fall River, MA 02723
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(508) 675-2681
Mr. Brian Guimond
NAVY 05-149      Awarded: 07FEB06
Title:Combat Systems of the Future
Abstract:Present submarine combat operations place tremendous stress on operators, coordinators, and commanding officers in assimilating and filtering acoustic and non acoustic sensor, weapon, intelligence and environmental data necessary to carry out assigned missions. The result often leads to errors or long time delays increasing own ship vulnerability and limiting mission success. The planned introduction of advanced sensors, weapons and communications to counter the advanced threat will further aggravate the existing combat system information management problems. A new advanced combat system design is proposed that must provide improved information management capabilities to maintain tactical control in all scenarios including high contact density environments and optimally employ improved sensors, weapons, vehicles, and tactics needed to counter advanced threats. Each function within the new future combat system will be fully defined in terms of expected input data types, quality and rates and required output data that will be used in other functions. Physical models will also be described for each of the new functions. Each function will be explored to determine the feasibility of using artificial intelligence or heuristic inference rule sets (knowledge base) or numerical algorithms to increase automation with the goal of reduced manning.

RITE-SOLUTIONS
110 W. Broad Street, P.O. Box 1060
Pawcatuck, CT 06379
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(401) 847-3399
Mr. John G. DePrimo
NAVY 05-149      Awarded: 07FEB06
Title:Combat Systems of the Future
Abstract:In conjunction with data set definitions and other background efforts, the Rite Solutions' team will investigate the feasibility of a Command Decision Support System (CDSS) providing high level advisory, decision support and human interface capabilities to ship's command personnel (CO and OOD). This system will be investigated using a highly structured Human Systems Integration (HSI) process and will be enabled by advanced AI-based decision support technologies (e.g., expert systems, neural networks, intelligent agents) and advanced 3D visualization technology. The system's envisioned capabilities will include enhanced situational awareness for command personnel with automated assessment, advice, warnings and alerts to maximize ship's safety and collision avoidance. Application of this technology will lead to reduced manning without compromising mission performance or safety of ship.

AEPTEC MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
700 King Farm Boulevard, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 670-6779
Mr. John Gorton
NAVY 05-150      Awarded: 21FEB06
Title:Automated Generation of Maintenance Work Packages
Abstract:Maintenance related activities represent a substantial portion of the Total Ownership Costs of any system. A significant portion of the total maintenance expenditure can be attributed to both direct and indirect (hidden) costs associated with maintenance planning activities. Automation can play a key role in reducing these costs by minimizing the time currently spent by sailors in the identification of a maintenance action(s), correlating and presenting information necessary to perform a maintenance action(s) and by ensuring that all necessary resources e.g. tools, parts, etc. are available to the sailor. The central thrust of this SBIR proposal is to develop a concept to address technical data format and storage requirements as well as package delivery to a maintenance technician so that navy technicians can have automatically generated fault or failure specific maintenance work packages based upon data received by current and future shipboard equipment health management systems without human intervention in an open architecture environment.

BEACON INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS
30 Spinelli Place
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(617) 453-5503
Ms. ML Mackey
NAVY 05-150      Awarded: 21FEB06
Title:Automated Generation of Maintenance Work Packages
Abstract:Our vision for Automated Work Package generation is the innovative combination of the in-the-moment gathering of the proper data, information and knowledge as well as the proper presentation of that data in a useful and meaningful way that helps the maintainer accomplish a job. The need is for the convergence of many different sources of data and information in an iterative process. It begins with a problem on, or planned maintenance for, a system or sub system. If there is a fault being generated from Equipment Health Management (or the Mission Readiness Support System), maintenance decision support will determine what action should be taken. There is then the need to understand the availability of resources and to schedule those resources. Once it is understood what is to be done, when, where (ship or shore) and by whom, the proper set of information can be structured for use in the maintenance execution. Work Package generation takes into account the need, available resources, the data and the ability to assemble everything into a package (or display) for the maintainer. The work package is, in essence, the data and information displayed in the moment of need based upon the context of the situation.

RLW, INC.
2029 Cato Avenue
State College, PA 16801
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(814) 574-6469
Mr. Pete Sisa
NAVY 05-150      Awarded: 21FEB06
Title:Automated Generation of Maintenance Work Packages
Abstract:RLW proposes to deliver an architecture framework in DODAF format that defines the functions, processes, applications that require and enable automation of the shipboard maintenance process for future platforms. This DODAF formatted deliverable will also include a plan for demonstrating the proposed capability. This framework will then serve as basis for Phase II of this effort. The departure point for this work will be the current legacy environment and work done by RLW under an ongoing NAVSUP sponsored effort (Machinery Health Monitoring Sense & Respond Logistics) that has demonstrated the ability to automatically generate a work order candidate (Form 4790.2K)and order associated parts. This ongoing NAVSUP demonstration also provides a significant leverage opportunity, affording access to a realistic test environment at LBES on live machinery. A small scale demo will be performed at LBES, delivering a complete formal work package at the point of maintenance. In addition to its SxNAP(TM) platform for identification of machinery faults, RLW will bring to bear its significant and growing Navy ship maintenance process subject matter and domain expertise. RLW will incorporate in its investigation developments in the Maintenance Figure of Merit (MFOM) arena and Navy ERP as appropriate.

APPLIED PHYSICAL SCIENCES CORP.
2 State Street, Suite 300
New London, CT 06320
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(860) 440-3253
Dr. Robert Gorman
NAVY 05-151      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Shock and Vibration Mounting System for Machinery and Electronics
Abstract:Shock mitigation and vibration isolation of electronics, machinery and other selected components are critical in the design and safe operation of Naval surface combatants. Based on the different forcing functions and constraints that characterize 1. shock loading, and 2. vibration isolation of potentially noisy equipment, two classes of mounts have evolved. Neither class performs satisfactorily for both types of inputs. We are proposing herein to develop a new family of low cost passive combined mounts that perform well for both. Under normal operating conditions, the mount will exhibit characteristics of a vibration isolation mount. It will be relatively soft (five Hz. resonance) and will attenuate equipment vibrational forces transmitted through it over a broad range of frequencies. Under shock loading, the isolation aspect of the mount will be snubbed and the mounts will become highly dissipative, relatively stiff and will allow displacements of up to a few inches to absorb shock loads. Applied Physical Sciences Corp with support from Anteon's ETC Division and Enidine proposes to: develop a number of concepts; perform basic analysis on them; build test samples of the most promising; and perform limited shock and isolation transmissibility tests on them.

CREARE, INC.
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(603) 643-3800
Dr. B. Scott May
NAVY 05-151      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Reconfigurable Shock and Vibration Isolator
Abstract:Navy ships, including the new DD(X), engaging in challenging missions, such as littoral and ASW operations, require greater vibration isolation and shock mitigation than is available with mounts that are currently available. Creare proposes an innovative mount that can achieve unsurpassed absorption of shock energy in a compact package while providing excellent vibration isolation at normal load levels. A single mount design can protect a wide range of loads, while the design can be scaled easily such that only a few sizes will be required to protect equipment ranging from 0.5 lb to 10,000 lbs in weight. At the time of installation, the natural frequency of the mount can be customized independently of setting the maximum force that the mount can transmit during a shock event. The mounts will be highly durable, resistant to environmental effects, straightforward to install in new or retrofit applications, require no maintenance, and exhibit low life-cycle cost. We will demonstrate the feasibility of our innovation during Phase I in the laboratory with a proof-of-concept prototype. During Phase II, we will fabricate and test prototype units at Creare and provide several prototype units for an application selected by the Navy for ship trials.

INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(781) 890-1338
Mr. Jeremiah Slade
NAVY 05-151      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Shock and Vibration Mounting System using Electroactive Polymers with an Interpenetrating Polymer Network
Abstract:To achieve the level of acoustic stealth required by the DD(X) a system of isolation mounts is required that can be used throughout the ship to minimize the transmission of vibration energy from machinery and electronics to the ship's hull. This system will also need to protect equipment from the effects of shock, and prevent vibrations from the hull being transmitted to sensitive acoustic interrogation systems. Infoscitex (IST) is proposing to implement a revolutionary method for integrating both active and passive damping of shock and vibrations into a single mounting system. Vibrations traveling between equipment and the ship's hull will be actively cancelled using dynamically controlled electroactive polymers (EAP). These EAP devices will be built using stacks of dielectric elastomers (DE) separated by compliant electrodes. In addition to being controllable, these DEs will also be engineered to include an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) that will provide superior passive damping performance over a wide range of environmental temperatures and vibrational frequencies. This combination of material technologies will result in an electrodynamically driven rubber mount which will allow shock and vibrations to be damped more effectively than with conventional mounting systems.

KAZAK COMPOSITES, INC.
10F GIll Street
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(207) 371-2568
Mr. Michael McAleenan
NAVY 05-151      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Unique Hybrid Composite Structures as Shock/Vibration Isolators
Abstract:An innovative shock and vibration isolator is proposed. Its unique hybrid material structure will mitigate unfavorable weight, cost and space consequences imposed by today's isolators. It will address shock and vibration mitigation within the same isolation system. Commonality of design will allow scale-up to isolate large and heavy machinery, and scale-down to isolate sensitive electronics. The proposed isolator consists of a unique material combination, resulting in a highly resilient global structure. In a previous program, KaZaK demonstrated an automated manufacturing technology that can be readily adapted to manufacture components of any size, and at low cost. Application of the proposed hybrid technology in vibration and especially in shock isolation, where space is limited, can lead to a number of benefits including excellent recovering capability, good energy dissipation, frequency independent behavior, strain hardening at large displacements, and stable hysteretic behavior. KaZaK will draw upon our considerable experience with the proposed device for other load scenarios, and move rapidly to Phase I design, fabrication and testing of full scale devices. Results from Phase I tests will provide the Navy with a quick look at viability of this major innovation to shock and vibration technology.

SPECTRUM RESEARCH CORP.
165 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(518) 283-7660
Mr. Michael J. Ampela
NAVY 05-151      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Shock and Vibration Mounting System for Machinery and Electronics
Abstract:The Navy has long recognized the need for a truly low cost, high performance shock and vibration mitigation system. As ships are becoming more and more electric, the lethality, survivability, and mobility of a surface combatant vessel hinges on a vast array of densely packed equipment that must survive multiple shock impacts. In addition, it is further required that the transmission of vibrations through the mounts be kept extremely low during stealth mode. The engineering requirements for shock mitigation and vibration isolation tend to compete directly against one another. This has led to the development of sophisticated hydraulic and active suspension systems to meet the demanding performance requirements. Unfortunately these systems tend to be expensive, bulky, and complex. To satisfy the present need, Spectrum Research Corporation proposes to develop a new mount technology that is based on the innovative use of passive technologies coupled with semi-active technology to augment performance, and to provide a limited range of adjustability of the static properties. A novel preloaded spring implementation is proposed in addition to a magnetorheological (MR) damper unit designed to provide some tunability. The Phase I result shall include the fabrication of a prototype mount that is ready for UERD testing.

AEPCO, INC.
15800 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 670-6770
Mr. Robert Clarke
NAVY 05-152      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Autonomous Movement of Containers from Ship to Shore
Abstract:AEPCO has developed plans for a system that will alleviate the vast majority of difficulties associated with supply and sustainment transfers. The name of the system is the Autonomous Sustainment Cargo Container (ASCC) delivery system and its plans and description are on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The ASCC meets the identified needs set forth in the solicitation by providing an apparatus, method and system for delivery of large volumes of commercial cargo containers to a primitive beach. This concept provides an ASCC for use in transferring cargo in support of cross-shore operations. The ASCC is comprised of a standard ISO shipping container fitted with a transporter unit. The transporter unit itself is comprised of a propulsion section and a control complex. The propulsion section consists of an engine module, a propulsion module, and a structure module. In turn, the control complex itself is comprised of an antenna, any necessary navigation lighting, a navigation processor, an inventory processor and a communications segment (with associated telecommunication interfaces and software input/output ports). A floatation unit may be attached to the other end of the ISO container to aid in recovery, sea keeping, trim, and reduction of impact risks.

ART ANDERSON ASSOC.
202 Pacific Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(360) 479-5600
Mr. Ralph Duncan
NAVY 05-152      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Autonomous Movement of Containers from Ship to Shore
Abstract:The Art Anderson Associates team will develop a Portable Autonomous TEU Transfer System (PATTS), which will be used in conjunction with a Container carrying USV (CSV), to enable the autonomous movement of containers from ship to shore.

CRAFT ENGINEERING ASSOC., INC.
2102 48th Street
Hampton, VA 23661
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(757) 825-1516
Dr. J. Dexter Bird, III
NAVY 05-152      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Autonomous Movement of Containers from Ship to Shore
Abstract:The goal of this proposal is to develop a method of transferring cargo from the ship to the shore autonomously and precisely by integrating positioning technologies with an airfoil that is towed and launched from existing high speed vessels. The airfoil will be self-contained, reusable, and can be readily attached to the cargo.

KAZAK COMPOSITES, INC.
10F GIll Street
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(207) 371-2568
Mr. Michael McAleenan
NAVY 05-152      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Autonomous, Low Cost, Impact-Resistant, Inflatable ISO Container Transports
Abstract:Transporting millions of pounds of combat equipment and supplies involves ship deployment, at-sea offloading and ship-to-shore transit as quickly and efficiently as possible. Logistics over the shore (LOTS) operations occur where there are no ports or deep water access, where ports have been destroyed or severely damaged, or where ports exist but do not have the equipment to transfer cargo. Current LOTS equipment offloads onto causeway systems used as floating platforms between ships and other watercraft, introducing extra, inefficient container "picks" to each movement. As an alternative to legacy LOTS technology, KaZaK is proposing design and demonstration of a simple, tough, lightweight system that automates movement of 20 and 40 foot ISO containers to and from shore without many of the intermediate steps now required. The envisioned autonomous system will include components that facilitate efficient loading and off-loading of containers directly into the sea, minimize ISO container "picks", limit seawater contact, reduce need for intermediate transport vessels, and rapidly reconfigure the ISO container for sea and land transit. KaZaK's macro-composite materials will play an important part in design of structural elements of the system. These low cost materials provide significant advantage for impact resistance, ease of repair and weight.

MILLENWORKS
1361 Valencia Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(714) 426-5511
Mr. Chris Culbertson
NAVY 05-152      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Autonomous Ship-to-Shore Container Delivery System
Abstract:The ability for a container ship to autonomously deliver its cargo ashore when deep-water ports are unavailable will act as a force multiplier in future military engagements, freeing scarce rotorcraft and amphibious assets to perform other battlefield tasks. MillenWorks has developed two conceptual systems to accomplish this. The first concept is optimized to provide high ship-to-shore delivery speed while requiring minimal manpower to deploy. The second system requires more time and manpower to deploy, but provides superior life cycle costs and more efficient storage aboard ship. Both systems utilize a simplified waypoint-following navigation system with collision avoidance algorithms to safely pilot the container into a port or onto a beach.

KAZAK COMPOSITES, INC.
10F GIll Street
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(207) 371-2568
Mr. Michael McAleenan
NAVY 05-153      Awarded: 16FEB06
Title:Toughened, Low Cost, Re-configurable Stowage System
Abstract:Watercraft mission modules are provided to the Navy with custom cradles specific to the vessel. These cradles are often not designed to meet shock and vibration requirements, are difficult to store when not in use and often have different systems and operational parameters. Variations in mission module cradles are due to a range of parameters in size, weight and geometric configurations that could vary from a 7.5 inch diameter, 5.5 feet long, OOV weighing as little as 80 lbs to a deep vee power boat that is 9 feet wide, 40 feet long, weighing 25,000 lbs. The difficulty of designing a multi-vessel cradle to meet Mil Spec 901d, grade B shock requirements are significantly increased due to this wide range of vessel weights. Designating the cradle as Shock Grade B identifies its operation as not essential to the safety or mission capability of the ship, but could become a hazard to personnel. KaZaK and Oldenburg Group are proposing two options consisting of tough, lightweight structures. The first system is a compact 2 - dimensional structure designed to withstand Grade B shock, while the other consists of a Grade B resilient mount system with reconfigurable decks.

MARITIME APPLIED PHYSICS CORP.
1850 Frankfurst Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21226
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(443) 524-3330
Dr. James Chafe
NAVY 05-153      Awarded: 16FEB06
Title:Ruggedized, Reconfigurable, Watercraft Stowage System
Abstract:This proposal contains an innovative approach and supporting technical elements of a reconfigurable stowage system that will safely and securely stow a wide variety of watercraft in a Naval shipboard environment.

SAFE, INC.
6536 E. Gainsborough Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(480) 659-8607
Mr. Stanley P. Desjardins
NAVY 05-153      Awarded: 16FEB06
Title:Ruggedized, Reconfigurable, Watercraft Stowage System
Abstract:A universal, reconfigurable self-contained watercraft stowage system has been developed which is designed to eliminate the need for customized cradle systems currently in use for Navy/Marine/Coast Guard mission modules (HSB, Spartan, RMS/RMV, RHIB, UUV, SDV systems). This will preserve precious deck space on Navy vessels and potentially save money via hardware standardization. The stowage system has an integral shock/vibration isolator specially developed to attenuate such energy for all stowage system configurations and for all specified mission modules. It is estimated that this innovative device is rapidly reconfigurable within 30 minutes by a single person.

ADAPTIVE INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
2636 Fireside Circle
Lexington, KY 40513
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(859) 223-8058
Dr. YuMing Zhang
NAVY 05-154      Awarded: 09FEB06
Title:Sensor Torch Based Adaptive Intelligent Control for Circumferential Welding of Pipes
Abstract:Orbital pipe welding systems can function like skilled welders, to certain extent, who can move the torch very smoothly/evenly. However, their adjustment of welding parameters is not a true emulation of skilled welders who observe the weld pool and adjust welding parameters based on the observation of the weld pool rather than simply the location around the clock. This SBIR project aims at the development of an adaptive intelligent control technology which can adaptively adjust welding parameters based on an observation of the weld pool surface like a skilled welder but does not require the torch be moved smoothly/evenly. One of the major innovations associated with the proposed technology is a so-called "torch sensor" which can measure the depth of the weld pool surface like a skilled welder. This sensor torch can be carried by a human welder and can last "forever" as a regular welding torch does. Another major innovation is the so-called quasi-keyhole technology which achieves the desired weld joint penetration every cycle so that the response of the control system to fluctuations/variations in welder's operations and joint preparation etc. is truly real-time. Phase I project is designed to verify the feasibility of the proposed technology.

NORAN-LAND ENGINEERING CORP.
5555 Garden Grove, Suite 300
Westminster, CA 92683
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(714) 899-1220
Mr. Tony Abbey
NAVY 05-154      Awarded: 09FEB06
Title:Automated Ship Assembly Lifting and Handling Calculations for Distortion Control (ShipLift)
Abstract:Develop a system that uses ShipConstructor and NEiNastran as the basis for analysis to determine optimum lifting and handling methods for panel, sub-assemblies and assemblies to reduce or eliminate distortion (both permanent plastic set and temporary elastic deformation).

PRECISION LIGHT SYSTEMS, LLC
18 Pleasant St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(207) 636-7224
Mr. Paul Blomquist
NAVY 05-154      Awarded: 09FEB06
Title:Low Distortion Panel Line Upgrade Program
Abstract:This SBIR Phase I project proposal addresses the development of technology for cost effectively upgrading existing shipyard panel line stiffener-to-plate welding to a low-distortion hybrid laser process. The Phase I project establishes the technical and financial viability of the Laser/Gas Metal Arc Welding (LGMAW) process to manufacture flat panel assemblies. A major task in Phase I is the demonstration of a welding system capable of being retro-0fit into existing shipyard panel line production systems without great impact and expense. In addition, Phase I activities will encompass the analysis of the market potential for such a system.

WELDQC, INC.
1165 Chambers Road
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(614) 487-7207
Dr. Darren Barborak
NAVY 05-154      Awarded: 09FEB06
Title:IMPROVEMENT OF PIPE FABRICATION WITH WELD PENETRATION MONITORING
Abstract:Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) is the most widely used manufacturing process for producing high-quality welds in piping for Navy ship construction. The majority of welds in these piping applications must achieve complete penetration of the weld joint. However, in practice, a variety of factors affect the ability to consistently produce complete penetration welds: including variations in material thickness, material chemical composition, joint preparation, and joint fit-up tolerances. It is both costly, and difficult, if not impossible; to adequately control all of the variables that affect weld penetration. WeldQC proposes to evaluate the feasibility of developing a system for monitoring the state of weld penetration and providing feedback to welders. The design of the system would allow easy integration onto existing shipyard welding systems, and would provide information to the welder, allowing them to adjust the welding process as needed to consistently achieve complete penetration.

LUNA INNOVATIONS, INC.
2851 Commerce Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(540) 552-5128
Dr. Fritz Friedersdorf
NAVY 05-155      Awarded: 16FEB06
Title:High Friction Nanocomposite Coating for Radar Absorption
Abstract:Existing coating systems used for flight decks function as high friction surfaces that are corrosion and wear resistant. These coatings do not have radar absorbing properties to reduce radar cross-section of sea vehicles. Luna proposes to develop an economical, durable, corrosion resistant deck coating that has high friction and radar absorbing properties. Luna will utilize novel VOC-free resin chemistry, environmentally safe corrosion inhibitors and a combination of developmental nanomaterials and commercially available absorbers to achieve the desired combination of properties. The radar absorbing components of the coating will be based on a mixture of inorganic soft-magnetic particles and organic nanomaterials to achieve the desired coating permeability, permittivity, and graded properties to produce an effective broadband radar absorbing coating. The nanomaterials will allow for a lighter weight coating than can be produced with traditional radar absorbing materials while cost will be controlled by also using commercially available absorbers. The coating system will be formulated to be applied and repaired using conventional coating application processes and will have excellent durability, friction, wear resistance and corrosion performance to meet the existing Military requirements for non-skid coatings. The flight deck coating will be safe for workers to apply, VOC-free and use non-toxic corrosion inhibitors.

MICROCELL TECHNOLOGIES
410 Great Road, Suite C-2
Littleton, MA 01460
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(978) 952-6947
Mr. Richard M. Formato
NAVY 05-155      Awarded: 16FEB06
Title:Durable, Non-Skid, Radar Absorbing Coating System for use on Marine Flight Decks
Abstract:Currently available flight deck coating systems, utilized where fluctuating temperatures and heavy traffic/load areas are normal, have poor/negligible performance in the areas of reduced radar signature return. New coatings must be developed that maintain a high coefficient of friction and excellent adhesion to the decking while simultaneously functioning as a radar absorbing material (RAM) over DD(X) design frequencies. Typical of current non-skid coating systems, new RAM coatings must be resistant to sunlight/UV, seawater and shipboard chemicals, while demonstrating excellent wear, impact and corrosion resistance. The coating must be able to be applied by rolling/spraying, must be repairable in service, and must not add excessive weight or VOCs. During Phase I, Microcell Technologies, LLC and its teaming partners, Neo-Advent Technologies and R&F Products, will synthesize RAM coatings using a combination of novel components and processing techniques. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating non-skid / RAM coating systems. During Phase II & III, the team will finalize the coating formulation to MIL-PRF-24667B by working with the US Navy, the DD(X) prime contractor and our commercialization partner, ITW American Safety Technologies. The overall project goal is to perform RAM coating validation testing and NAVAIR/NAVSEA certification for use on a Navy ship.

TDA RESEARCH, INC.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(303) 940-2317
Dr. Silvia Luebben
NAVY 05-155      Awarded: 16FEB06
Title:Durable, Low-Radar Signature Non-Skid Coating for Flight Deck
Abstract:In this Phase I SBIR Project, TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) will develop a durable, corrosion- resistant, non-skid coating system for flight decks with a significantly reduced radar signature compared to the current state-of-the-art landing materials for aircraft carriers. The new coating system will achieve reduction of the radar signature by combining a careful design of the coating surface with the use of specialty radar absorbing materials. The new coating system will be tested in the Phase I for its friction properties, corrosion resistance, and radar signature.

TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(512) 263-2101
Dr. George Hansen
NAVY 05-155      Awarded: 16FEB06
Title:Durable, Low Radar Signature Return, Flight Deck Coating System
Abstract:Surface combatant non-skid improvement has received high level attention over the past decade. Limited durability affecting logistical flexibility was recently ranked among the top five issues addressed by Navy PEO Carriers. Most commercially available non-skids utilize volatile organic compounds to achieve the abrasive texture. Solvents have a negative environmental impact and this is an important concern to DoD. Emerging generations of tactical Navy ships continue to press new requirements on non-skid performance. Until now these coatings have been used principally for slip resistance on flight decks, hangers and walkways, and to provide corrosion resistance. However, they have poor to negligible performance with respect to reduced radar signature. Thus, it is a primary objective of this SBIR topic to develop and demonstrate a high-friction, durable marine coating system that provides a low radar signature return for flight decks. This proposal summarizes work to be performed in the adaptation, testing and evaluation of TRI's Tough Grip nonskid coating for use on low observable Naval surface combatants such as the DDX series. Tough Grip has been demonstrated on the USS Kennedy and Truman flight decks, is patented and approved for use by the Navy.

AEPTEC MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
700 King Farm Boulevard, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 670-6779
Mr. John Gorton
NAVY 05-156      Awarded: 09FEB06
Title:Maintenance Performance Assessment
Abstract:In order to meet reduced manning and cost goals, existing and future Navy ships are utilizing sensors and other automated technologies to monitor equipment health and provide accurate information to end users. Onboard future surface ships, it is envisioned that maintenance planning will be automated and maintenance procedures will be delivered to the technician in an electronic format on interactive media. With the reduced manning goals of these future ships, monitoring and control maintenance backlog will be critical to maintaining the material condition of the ship. In addition, poor maintenance performance can be precursor by similar problems associated with operating procedures, technical data, and training. The information required to determine if any of these problems exists, but without proper procedures and mechanisms for collecting the data and metrics to evaluate the data, these problems can remain hidden from visibility, especially in a reduced manning environment where crew members will be broadly trained and multi-tasked. This Phase I proposal will develop a concept design for an automated maintenance performance assessment capability that can be integrated into the automated maintenance environments of both DDX and LCS.

PROGENY SYSTEMS CORP.
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(703) 368-6107
Dr. Michael Hertz
NAVY 05-156      Awarded: 09FEB06
Title:Maintenance Performance Assessment
Abstract:The central goal of this topic is to develop a data infrastructure that supports the performance evaluation of work package completion by using information stored throughout the non-tactical applications already onboard U.S. Navy ships. It proposes to develop a set of web based application tools, based around various statistical methodologies, for use in evaluating a broad base of maintenance processes and efficiency issues. The proposal includes digital data collection methods and equipment and transfer of information from ship-to-shore, and vice versa, using the Distance Support (DS)/Non-Tactical Data Processing System (NTDPS) Architecture currently being fielded. The proposal also addresses shore based information collaboration as part of NAVSEA's Distance Support Initiative.

WILLIAMS-PYRO, INC.
200 Greenleaf St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(817) 872-1500
Ms. Nithya Ramaswami
NAVY 05-156      Awarded: 09FEB06
Title:Maintenance Performance Assessment
Abstract:Williams-Pyro, Inc. proposes to develop a "Smart Maintenance Performance Assessment and Correction Tool" (Smart-MPACT) that can verify and validate (1) Equipment health management: Processes that lead to maintenance actions; (2) Work package generation: Maintenance procedures that are delivered to technicians; and (3) Maintenance execution planning: Maintenance action that is performed. Smart-MPACT will use an interactive portable maintenance aid (like a PDA) that can collect technicians' input and recommendations, as well as performance data during the maintenance action to determine the applicability and effectiveness of procedures and the accuracy of information provided for conducting repairs. WPI's system will then transmit this information through a wired/wireless medium to the engineering officer of the watch. Smart-MPACT will analyze information using the following complementary procedures: (1) Multivariate control charts to establish control limits and (2) Data mining methods to identify the causes of delay and/or process deviation. Smart-MPACT will also provide a feedback mechanism through a web interface to allow for review and possible correction. Smart-MPACT will validate all maintenance actions for applicability and effectiveness and use this information to deliver the correct data, material, and personnel to minimize process deviations and/or delays for future maintenance planning.

CONTROL POWER CO.
310 Executive Dr.
Troy, MI 48083
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(248) 583-1020
Mr. Bill Presley
NAVY 05-157      Awarded: 06FEB06
Title:Dynamic Positioning and Motion Control during Cargo Transfer Operations
Abstract:The Phase I proposal for the Navy will be an assessment of commercial products and control needs relative to dynamic positioning and motion control (motion cancellation via a multi-degree of freedom platform). Phase I includes computer simulations to identify ship to ship wave and wake interactions, development of control equations for landing craft steering and propulsion system, and control equations for a multi-degree of freedom motion platform. This system will cancel out hull motion during the off-loading of cargo in a Sea State 3 environment. There does exist an option for Phase I which is an evaluation of added LCU1600 hull control surfaces as an alternative for motion cancellation.

CRAFT ENGINEERING ASSOC., INC.
2102 48th Street
Hampton, VA 23661
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(757) 825-1516
Dr. J. Dexter Bird, III
NAVY 05-157      Awarded: 06FEB06
Title:Dynamic Positioning and Motion Control during Cargo Transfer Operations
Abstract:The goal of this proposal is to develop a portable dynamic positioning system appropriate for an LCU-sized vessel participating in large ship to small ship cargo transfer operations. The main innovation over existing dynamic positioning systems is the exploitation of the LCU's propulsion system and the inclusion of active pitch and roll damping in the algorithm.

INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION, INC.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 294-5248
Dr. Ravi Patankar
NAVY 05-157      Awarded: 06FEB06
Title:A Novel Observer-based Synchronization Control of Ship Rendezvous Operations using Portable Actuators
Abstract:Intelligent Automation, Inc. in collaboration with Rolls Royce and Michigan Technological University proposes a physical state observer for the larger ship and consequent implementation of synchronization controller for the smaller ship. Toward this end, theoretical results have recently been obtained which were subsequently demonstrated in laboratory experiments. Exponential convergence of the closed-loop errors for position keeping during trajectory tracking was experimentally demonstrated. We plan to further enhance the tracking control using recent results on external synchronization in robotics and analyzing the impact of delayed disturbances on the synchronized ships. No assumptions on the availability of a dynamic model for the larger ship will be made. The advantage of this technique is that the observer requires only position/attitude measurements for both ships. This makes the approach applicable to rendezvous operations with various ships without requiring any tuning or modifications. The research will (i) develop a simulation model for the smaller ship (ii) design an observer-controller combination and drive the observer with available field data (iii) based on design considerations and control analysis, propose the sensors for observation and portable actuators for control action, and their placement (iv) assess the robustness of synchronization in presence of disturbances and ship interactions.

THRUSTMASTER OF TEXAS, INC.
12227 FM-529
Houston, TX 77041
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(713) 937-6295
Mr. Joe Bekker
NAVY 05-157      Awarded: 06FEB06
Title:Dynamic Positioning and Motion Control during Cargo Transfer Operations
Abstract:This research demonstrates the feasability of developing easily deployable systems for dynamic positioning and motion dampening of lightering vessels while taking on cargo from primary cargo supply motherships in the open sea at sea state 3 and optionally up to sea state 4.

ENERGENT CORP.
2321 S. Pullman St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(949) 261-7533
Mr. Lance Hays
NAVY 05-158      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Dual Pressure Euler Turbine for Fuel Cell Energy Recovery
Abstract:A dual pressure Euler turbine (dpEt)is proposed to recover energy from a hydrogen membrane raffinate flow. A tradeoff study between using the shaft power to drive an electric generator or the system air compressor will be conducted. A two-stage dpEt nozzle and turbine rotor will be designed and fabricated. Tests will be conducted in an existing casing and high pressure nitrogen test system to verify performance. A full size dpEt and generator and hot gas test system will be designed to qualify the unit for a 500 kW fuel cell system.

GENERAL VORTEX ENERGY, INC.
1306 FM 1092 STE 403
Missouri City, TX 77459
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(713) 202-2985
Dr. Anatoli Borissov
NAVY 05-158      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Fuel Cell Energy Recovery
Abstract:The mission of GVE with this research grant is to develop high power density, high-efficiency energy recovery system for fuel cell system. Utilization of its patented Jirnov Vortex Turbine (JVT) bottoming cycle engine will increase the overall efficiency of fuel cell. The robust design of the JVT allows using a fuel cell raffinate stream for the bottoming cycle. The fuel cell stream consists of high enthalpy gases such as 0.065 H2, 0.41 H2O, 0.019 CO, 0.20 CO2, 0.016 CH4, 0.29 N2, and H2S. The stream temperature is 400C (673.1K), pressure is 7 Bars (709275 Pa) and flow rate is 900 Kg/hr (0.250 Kg/s). The stream is not combustible, but presents the highly corrosion mixture. Available fuel cell stream waste energy is 100kW. Energy recovered with the General Vortex Energy Inc., Positive Displacement Rotary Expander (PDRE) is about 60 kW. The conventional energy recovery technologies require further separation of hydrogen, water and H2S and then using the stream in the waste energy recovery system (heat exchanger), piston expander or turbine. First, the bottoming cycle based on the piston expander and turbine is not as efficient as the JVT cycle. Second, the separation devices will increase the volume and mass of the bottoming cycle device and reduce the power density. Another conventional method of energy recovery is using the heat exchanger to transfer the energy of fuel cell stream to some closed bottoming cycle. In this case efficiency is reduced by the heat exchanger and complicated by closed cycle device. Thus the power density and overall efficiency will suffer again.

PRECISION COMBUSTION, INC.
410 Sackett Point Road
North Haven, CT 06473
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(203) 287-3700
Dr. Subir Roychoudhury
NAVY 05-158      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Energy Recovery For Efficient Use Of Navy Fuels For Hydrogen Generation
Abstract:Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) is proposing to develop a hydrogen generation system for PEM fuel cells using a novel catalytic steam reforming process, capable of utilizing Navy logistic fuels efficiently for improving overall system efficiency. The steam reformer, will be based upon PCI's patented and trademarked Microlithr substrate technology. This technology will be modeled and developed in the Phase I program for application in a prototype system to be developed in the Phase II.

SYSTEMS & PROCESSES ENGINEERING CORP.(SPEC)
101 West Sixth Street, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(512) 479-7732
Dr. Burt Fowler
NAVY 05-158      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:MEMS Water Separator for Fuel Cell Systems
Abstract:Systems and Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC) proposes a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) approach to fabricate a compact, lightweight, efficient water recovery system for distributed shipboard power systems and unmanned air and undersea vehicles for United States Navy applications. The use of reformed naval logistic diesel fuel such as NATO F-76 and new H2 separation membrane technology allows high-purity H2 to be delivered to fuel cell power systems. Recovering water from the H2 separator membrane raffinate stream while maintaining membrane pressure will result in increased overall system efficiency of advanced energy delivery systems. Using MEMS fabrication techniques will enable reductions in system size and weight leading to improvements in water recovery efficiency. The SPEC design incorporates micro-machined silicon flowplates with integrated cooling channels to extract water from the raffinate stream in a highly efficient manner. Microfluidic channels isolated from the raffinate stream cool the flowplates to condense water vapor from the stream. Separate microfluidic pores collect the liquid water and transport it using capillary force. The MEMS approach also allows the use of electrostatic dehumidification technology to be incorporated into the water separator and thus provides further size reduction and efficiency improvements.

TDA RESEARCH, INC.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(303) 940-2321
Dr. Girish Srinivas
NAVY 05-158      Awarded: 08FEB06
Title:Novel Energy Recovery System
Abstract:Fuel cells are a high efficiency, low footprint and low noise technology that can generate electricity for critical and non-critical military applications aboard Navy ships. Typically shipboard systems are in the 500kWe range. PEM fuel cells only operate on hydrogen gas (H2), that must be relatively free of sulfur and carbon monoxide. In conventional systems, logistics fuel is reformed into hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane. This gas is shifted to increase the hydrogen concentration and then processed in a membrane module where pure hydrogen is extracted for the fuel cell. The gases that do not diffuse through the membrane have currently-unused fuel value. This results in current systems with system efficiencies of only 40%. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) has developed a process that increases the overall system efficiency from 40% to more than 50%. In our system the energy content of the raffinate is chemically captured and then indirectly transferred to the reformer, eliminating the need to burn extra logistics fuel to supply the endothermic heat of reforming. In Phase I TDA will demonstrate the concept and approach using a laboratory reactor at process temperatures and pressures. We will then conduct a detailed process design and economic analysis.

AEPTEC MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
700 King Farm Boulevard, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 670-6779
Mr. Jing Lin
NAVY 05-159      Awarded: 07FEB06
Title:Wireless Pressure Sensors With Built-In Calibration Capability
Abstract:Embedded sensors are finding widespread use in military systems, demanding that accuracy be assured for the entire life cycles of these systems. The U.S. Navy ensures the accuracy of shipboard sensors via scheduled calibrations and/or maintenance procedures (a manually intensive process). Developing new sensors with automated calibration capability is of primary importance. Leveraging research and simulation work currently being conducted by the University of California (UC) and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), 3eTI will demonstrate the feasibility of a wireless MEMS pressure sensor with built-in calibration (BIC). The proposed work will be based upon the conceptual design consisting of the following three primary components: 1) an integrated MEMS sensor/actuator system, 2) a wireless communication network; and 3) a power-harvesting device tailored for a typical shipboard environment. The integrated sensor/actuator system has two operation modes, i.e., the sensing mode and the calibration mode. The overall objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of the wireless MEMS pressure sensor with built-in calibration. Phase I will focus on demonstrating the most important functionality of this design, i.e., automated calibration over a wireless network. The 3eTI Team will conduct this demonstration by hybridizing bench scale testing with computer simulations and provide a prototype design by developing the key component technological milestones.

ARISETEK, LLC
2927 Club Oak
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(650) 324-1645
Mr. Joseph Mallon
NAVY 05-159      Awarded: 07FEB06
Title:Wireless Sensor Enabling Self Calibration and Condition Based Maintenance
Abstract:This SBIR proposal is for development of a ruggedized pressure sensor having capability to monitor its' own health, recalibrate if necessary, and wirelessly report its' status along with measured values. The proposed sensor substantially reduces the need for re-calibration by employing aerospace-proven silicon MEMS technology and digital compensation circuitry. Ongoing comparisons of redundant sensors will provide diagnostic information on hard failures and identify soft failures requiring calibration. Self calibration is accomplished without requiring service interruption to operate isolation valves by employing a simple, cost-effective Simulated Pressure Generator (SPG). For slope calibration, a short duration positive pressure pulse is applied to determine sensor sensitivity. For null calibration, the SPG provides a negative pressure pulse which, coupled with composite sensor technology, allows the sensing element to be momentarily decoupled from the applied pressure. An algorithm will be applied to self calibrate both slope and null offset. Initial analysis confirms that a battery pack can be designed to provide standalone power for a period of two years. Phase I deliverables include prototype test results demonstrating feasibility of SPG and battery pack functionality; component and wireless design; plans for fabrication and procurement of key components; and a technology development roadmap with Phase II/III milestones.

INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION, INC.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 294-4760
Dr. Dan Xiang
NAVY 05-159      Awarded: 07FEB06
Title:MEMS-Based Capacitive Pressure Sensors with Self-Calibration Capability
Abstract:In this proposal, Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) along with its subcontractor, Professor Lynn Fuller, from Rochester Institute of Technology, proposes to develop innovative sensor architectures, electronics, and software techniques to provide the pressure sensor with capabilities of built-in self-testing and undertaking wireless communication to transmit relevant data. This effort will result in the development of a miniature, low power, self-calibrating, wireless smart sensor system that will be suitable for monitoring the pressure of mechanized control systems in surface ships and submarines. The key innovation of our proposed approach lies in the novel design and development of a Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System (MEMS) based capacitive pressure sensor. The proposed design allows for an accurate electrostatic force to be generated and applied to the sensor's diaphragm, and the simultaneous precise measurement of the resulting displacement of the diaphragm caused as a result of the application of that force. This unique ability provides us the capability to assess a sensor's health by evaluating the changes in the diaphragm's mechanical properties that contribute to the drifts in the sensor's sensitivity and linearity. Advanced electric circuits and embedded real-time algorithms will be developed to implement optimal controls and accurate measurements for pressure readouts, sensor self-calibration, and wireless communications.

MIDE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(781) 306-0609
Dr. Marthinus C. van Schoor
NAVY 05-159      Awarded: 07FEB06
Title:Self Calibrating Wireless Pressure Sensor (SCWPS)
Abstract:Mid‚ is proposing to develop a novel resonant frequency pressure sensor that includes a self-calibrating feature. The pressure sensor has piezo-electric elements bonded to a pressure sensing membrane. Under pressure, the membrane stretches changing the resonant frequencies of the membrane. The piezoelectric elements are used to detect the shift(s) in resonant frequency and the pressure is obtained using a lookup table. Since the approach depends on a dynamic signal, it avoids many of the sensor drift problems associated with supply voltages and noise. Creep of the membrane, the major reason why the sensor will loose accuracy is detected by monitoring the cavity resonant frequency of the reference pressure cavity. Again lookup tables are used to self-calibrate the sensor and thus maintain the accuracy of the output. Phase II will refine the sensor design, add a self-powered feature using Mid‚'s energy harvesting technology. Industrialization and in fleet testing of an advanced prototypes will achieve a Technology Readiness Level of 5 to 6. In Phase III Mid‚ will work with the Navy and commercial industry, to develop a packaged, commercial family of wireless pressure sensors with built-in calibration capability covering the full pneumatics and fluids types and ranges required.

BEACON INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS
30 Spinelli Place
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(617) 453-5501
Mr. Mike MacEwen
NAVY 05-160      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Automation of Equipment/System Isolation and Safety Tag-out for Maintenance Actions
Abstract:Maintenance tag-out is a procedure that is part of many maintenance actions that happen daily whether onboard a ship in a maintenance depot or even a manufacturing environment. Typically, this is a manual and paper-based task that consumes considerable time and effort. Our vision is to create a modular software solution with three major areas of functionality. These are 1) the determination of the need for tag-out; 2) support of the tag-out process; and 3) automatic isolation. Together these will enable users to quickly and safely tag-out systems or components. Based on our open architecture and modular approach, it can be the first step along the path to an increasingly automated process The solution will include the capability to build performance models and do time-based studies in order to isolate best practices and optimized tag-out schemes and configurations. Over time, this will lead to an even greater reduction in MTTR.

FOARD SYSTEMS DESIGN, INC.
1906 Hwy. 54E, Suite 200E
Durham, NC 27713
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(919) 544-2979
Mr. William W. Foard
NAVY 05-160      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Automation of Equipment/System Isolation and Safety Tag-out for Maintenance Actions
Abstract:The proposal outlines the use of rapid protyping techniques to create a functional small scale feasibility system and documentation to provide a demonstration of the features needed in a full-scale automated isolation and tag-out system. It will use a highly innovative, patented network control technology that provides a reliable, low cost means to interconnect thousands of remote sensor and control devices. The prototype will be based on existing controller products and software that provide a graphical user interface, ease of configuration, and built in network self-diagnostic capabilities.

PROGENY SYSTEMS CORP.
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(860) 449-1272
Mr. Michael Dickey
NAVY 05-160      Awarded: 23FEB06
Title:Automation of Equipment/System Isolation and Safety Tag-out for Maintenance Actions
Abstract:Develop and demonstrate a means of automating the functions inherent in isolating and tagging out a system(s) or component(s) that require maintenance

APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(781) 496-2458
Dr. Enio E. Velazco
NAVY 05-161      Awarded: 03FEB06
Title:Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor (KEEL)
Abstract:The shipbuilding industry has a large number of workers that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise, wisdom, and institutional knowledge will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to inefficiency and higher costs in the shipbuilding process. A method of capturing and transferring this experience and knowledge to junior workers would reduce the impact of the departure of the expert workers. KEEL, the envisioned product of this SBIR, is a unique tool that will accelerate the training of junior workers by facilitating the transfer of knowledge from experienced workers even years after their retirement. The core of the tool is a knowledge framework based on dimensions within the shipbuilding process that are known to affect productivity. Two interfaces will touch the knowledge framework: a knowledge capture interface and a knowledge playback interface. The knowledge capture interface will systematically elicit the experiences and lessons of the retiring workforce. The knowledge playback interface will allow the junior employee to access these lessons when in need of guidance.

KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
10455 Pacific Center Court, Suite 285
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(858) 657-2121
Mr. Kenneth Wolsey
NAVY 05-161      Awarded: 03FEB06
Title:Improved Work Performance in a Shipbuilding Environment
Abstract:KSS recognizes the complexity involved in the ship lifecycle. A significant step in improving this process is to convert implicit knowledge into explicit knowledge as knowledge bases that capture, organize, manage, store, and find knowledge and information so they can be reused and improved throughout the lifecycle. Modeling this knowledge in knowledge bases gives the Navy and shipbuilders a significant new capability to model and simulate projects, systems, and processes to plan, coordinate, model and track all aspects of ship modernization. KSS has identified a feasible solution that can be incrementally implemented to capture the knowledge and experience of an aging and retiring workforce, leveraging three important knowledge resources; the Internet, the desktop/private server networks, and personal knowledge bases.

ASSETT, INC.
8616 Phoenix Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(703) 365-8970
Mr. Galen Plunkett
NAVY 05-162      Awarded: 22FEB06
Title:Obsolescence Management Decision Making and Planning Tool
Abstract:The pace of technology advancements with corresponding products applicable to a wide variety of uses necessitates the incorporation of systemic technology related planning. This SBIR will demonstrate an approach that provides solution alternatives and supporting quantitative analysis capabilities for decision making and planning to support truly proactive obsolescence management. ASSETT Inc. proposes to combine its technology refresh planning methodology, currently implemented across the US Submarine Force, and our successful initial efforts on our SBIR N05-053 TIPP tool development with the lessons learned from similar support to commercial technology firms. In using open and documented standards, ASSETT's proposed Obsolescence Management Decision Making and Planning (OMDP) tool will be applicable to both government and commercial customers, as well as, seamlessly integrating with an organization's current technical and management processes. The resultant product is projected to: (1) focus on proactive obsolescence management, (2) identify appropriate front-end design approaches to plan for and avoid obsolescence impacts, and (3) relate system capability sustainment as a function of technology refresh. Results from this tool will be easily configurable to support a wide variety of complimentary decision support systems.

DECISIVE ANALYTICS CORP.
1235 South Clark Street, Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(703) 414-5106
Mr. Mike Colony
NAVY 05-162      Awarded: 22FEB06
Title:Obsolescence Management Decision Making and Planning Tool
Abstract:The scope and complexity of the DD(X) design, which includes the integration of new advanced combat systems in a Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE), is unprecedented for the U.S. Navy. The intent of the DD(X) program is to incrementally insert new technologies into each block build of DD(X) ships over the next fifteen years. The result of this approach will be a fleet of ships in which many components used in each block may be different, as advances in technology and microelectronics will cause components used in the first ship to become obsolete, before the last ship goes into production. Considering that the service life of ships and military weapons systems is increasing while the manufacturing life of many critical components is getting shorter, addressing and planning obsolescence mitigation and Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) actions early will save time, reduce lifetime costs and increase availability of critical systems. The goal of this research is to utilize state-of-the-art technologies within a web-based architecture to provide Obsolescence Managers with an analysis tool suite that performs analysis at any level, from component to ship segment and continuously and autonomously updates reports, allowing them to confidently develop realistic obsolescence mitigation strategies.

GALORATH, INC.
100 North Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 1801
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(310) 414-3222
Mr. Lee Fischman
NAVY 05-162      Awarded: 22FEB06
Title:Obsolescence Management Decision Making and Planning Tool
Abstract:Large capital systems, particularly military hardware, are expected to last many years longer than the refresh cycle of their component technologies. Weapons systems will be fielded containing relatively obsolescent components, perhaps even before initial deployment. The question is, to what extent should obsolescence be allowed to impact mission requirements, and how can obsolescence costs best be mitigated? In today's cost estimating models, obsolescence is not even directly accounted for, despite its impact. As the pace of technological change quickens and technologies obsolesce more rapidly, the need to plan for and mitigate its effects will grow. Galorath will develop a complete obsolescence planning system and fully integrate this into its SEER-H hardware cost prediction tool. This will enable seamless integration of obsolescence awareness and planning with a complete development, production, operations and support cost analysis tool. SEER-H is among the most widely used, commercially available hardware costing solutions. The addition of obsolescence planning would translate into instant customer success and leverage DoD goals as an already large and growing user base gains access to it. These users are largely Defense contractors who would thus be able to engage in more sophisticated obsolescence planning for Government systems.

PROGENY SYSTEMS CORP.
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(703) 368-6107
Dr. Michael Hertz
NAVY 05-162      Awarded: 22FEB06
Title:Obsolescence Management Decision Making and Planning Tool
Abstract:Progeny Systems proposes to create a Bayesian Decision Network (BDN) based simulation that relates program and technical variables and makes projections as to the Total Ownership Cost of a system. This proposal discusses an incremental approach to the creation of a simulation environment that would enable the sponsor to clearly see the impacts of various technological and organizational decisions. Through accurate modeling and optimizing technology insertion, Progeny Systems can facilitate and enable the Navy with the ability to apply mature and cutting edge technologies that optimize the technical composition of the system.

HARMONIA, INC.
1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2820
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(540) 951-5901
Dr. Marc Abrams
NAVY 05-163      Selected for Award
Title:Tools for Rapid Insertion or Adaptation of Combat System Capabilities
Abstract:We propose developing the Software Analysis through Visual Extraction (SAVE) tool, a visual programming and architecture adaptation plugin to Harmonia's Legacy Analysis Workbench (LAW). SAVE is specifically targeted at providing new functionality to model, visualize, and extract design artifacts and architectural components from combat system architectures and software. The existing system is modeled behind the scenes in platform-independent XML, allowing us to design visualizations for the modeling language and apply them to multiple importable implementation languages. Our model is constructed by translating existing software into the XML modeling language. We then manipulate the model using SAVE and generate the adapted system from the new model. The model provides the foundational representation that allows us to modify and adapt code structures on the fly for rapid deployment to the warfighter.

INNOVATIVE DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES
3150 South Street, NW, Suite PH2A
Washington, DC 20007
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(202) 293-1225
Mr. Richard W. Carroll
NAVY 05-163      Selected for Award
Title:The Innovative Application of Commercial Automated Testing Tools for Rapid Insertion or Adapation of Combat System Capabilities
Abstract:The Navy's systems today are largely software based, growing in complexity, and becoming more and more dependent on the successful re-use of software developed from other programs. Despite the advances in development practices and tools, the goals of accelerating the rate at which systems can be delivered and reducing their costs cannot be met by simply writing software faster without comparable improvement in the practices and tools for testing the software. A very significant cost, schedule, and technical advantage over conventional methods is possible using predominately existing or emerging testing methodologies and COTS tools to provide rapid, affordable and comprehensive automatic testing and re-testing for combat system developments or modifications. These automated testing processes and tools will enable swift insertion of innovative and advanced combat system technologies into the complex open-architecture framework of naval tactical and surveillance operations.

INSTAKNOW.COM, INC.
1624 Raspberry Court
Edison, NJ 08817
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(908) 754-9500
Mr. Paul Khandekar
NAVY 05-163      Selected for Award
Title:Tools for Rapid Insertion or Adaptation of Combat System Capabilities
Abstract:Instaknow Inc. has developed a highly unique, patented real-time process automation platform, the Instaknow-ACE r (Active Collaboration Engine). Instaknow-ACE implements the SOA and BPM capabilities in a radically advanced manner, using "Non-intrusive Model Driven Architecture (n-MDA)". Once the composite choreographic business solution is modeled using friendly graphical interfaces, the model becomes the live operational solution, without needing additional programming and without costly XML modifications to existing applications. By avoiding programming costs in the composite layer and eliminating the need for XML programming changes to all other systems, n-MDA materializes the "Agile Enterprise" benefits of SOA and BPM without the major expense, time and risk of heavily programmed, intrusive deployments. Extensive discussions with other system owners about XML formats and standards are avoided because Instaknow-ACE can do real-time interactions with any other application without XML, using patented "non-intrusive interaction" technology advances. Instaknow's "No Change to Existing Systems" process automation approach results in avoidance of huge amount of technical analysis, design, coding, testing efforts and costs, freeing up technology staff and budgets to deliver other new, strategically valuable business systems. An operation that can respond quickly to changing business requirements, automate and empower decision-making, create real time collaboration across the enterprise and the Web, while leveraging existing systems, can now be achieved with minimal resources and investment.

VARILOG RESEARCH, INC.
5020 Sunnyside Ave., Suite 203
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 474-3676
Dr. Robert B. Scher
NAVY 05-163      Selected for Award
Title:Tools for Rapid Insertion or Adaptation of Combat System Capabilities
Abstract:A software tool/component for improving platform identification performance in shipboard Combat Direction systems is proposed. The component, once embedded in an overall system, will provide an extensible foundation for the addition or refinement of sensors and off-board data sources, thus enabling rapid insertion of new technologies. A specification for the component will be developed in light of existing ID processing architecture as distributed among sensors, the Combat Direction system core, and human operators. Methods for deriving the additional data required to achieve ID improvement will be investigated.