Experimental Verification of High-sea-state Container-transfer System (hiseacots)

Period of Performance: 01/01/1988 - 12/31/1988

$554K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Band Lavis & Assoc., Inc.
900 Ritchie Highway, Suite 203
Severna Park, MD 21146
Principal Investigator

Abstract

PHASE-I WORK ON THE U.S. ARMY BELVOIR RD&E CENTER SBIR CONTRACT "STABLIZATION OF THE SHIP/LIGHTER INTERFACE" HAS RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF A SYSTEM THAT IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE THE ARMY'S ABILITY TO OFFLOAD CONTAINERS TO LACV-30s OR SIMILAR LIGHTERS IN A JLOTS MISSION IN SEA-STATES UP TO AT LEAST 4 CONDITIONS. THE CURRENT CAPABILITY IS LIMITED TO APPROXIMATELY SEASTATE 2. IT IS ALSO EXPECTED TO IMPROVE OFFLOAD PRODUCTIVITY IN ALL SEA STATES. THE PROPOSED SYSTEM IS DESIGNATED THE HIGH-SEASTATE CONTAINER-TRANSFER SYSTEM (HISEACOTS). THE DELIVERABLES OF THE PHASE I EFFORT WILL INCLUDE A FINAL REPORT (DUE 31 MARCH 1987), A BRIEFING (13 FEBRUARY 1987) ON WORK ACCOMPLISHED, A FEASIBILITYLEVEL DESIGN OF THE HISEACOTS, AND A 1/30-SCALE MODEL OF THE HISEACOTS. DURING PHASE II IT IS PROPOSED TO CARRY OUT A SERIES OF FULL-SCALE VERIFICATION AND DEMONSTRATION TESTS OF THE PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS OF THE HISEACOTS SYSTEM. IT IS PROPOSED TO ENLIST THE SUPPORT OF AN ARMY LACV-30 AND OF THE NAVY SES TEST FACILITY AT LEXIGTON PARK, MARYLAND TO CONDUCT SOME OF THESE TESTS.