Mechanical Shock Sensors

Period of Performance: 01/01/1989 - 12/31/1989

$436K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Advanced Technology & Research Corp.
6650 Eli Whitney Drive, Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21046
Principal Investigator

Abstract

PHASE I RESULTS INDICATED THE FEASIBILITY OF USING COPPER BALLS AND PYROTECHNIC CAPS AS SENSORS TO CHARACTERIZE HIGH-G, SHORT DURATION SHOCK PULSES. PHASE II WILL BE CONCERNED WITH THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OF A UNIT INCORPORATING A NUMBER OF EACH SENSOR WITH DIFFERENT SENSITIVITES. STUDIES CONCERNED WITH THE EFFECTS ON SENSITIVITY OF SHOCK FREQUENCY, AMPLITUDE AND ORIENTATION AS WELL AS EFFECTS OF TEMPERATURE WILL BE CONDUCTED. THE RESULTS OF THE STUDIES WILL BE USED TO PREPARE DESIGN DISCLOSURES WHICH, IN TURN, WILL BE USED TO PROCURE 10 UNITS. THESE UNITS WILL BE THOROUGHLY EVALUATED. THE CULMINATION OF THE PROJECT WILL BE A PROVEN DESIGN DISCLOSURE PACKAGE WITH QUALITY ASSURANCE PROVISIONS THAT IS SUITABLE FOR FABRICATING THE UNIT. THE UNIT WILL BE INEXPENSIVE, EASY TO ASSEMBLE, AND EASY TO USE.