LCAC Cargo Restraint Griping System

Period of Performance: 07/18/2003 - 05/02/2004


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Ithaca Mechanical Systems Corp.
6 Parkwood Circle
Cortland, NY 13045
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Cornell University
426 Phillips Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Institution POC


Ithaca Mechanical Systems Corporation proposes to reduce LCAC cargo removal time by introducing Single Point of Release (SPR) tie down systems. New materials will be researched for both cargo restraint and release mechanisms with the intent to reduce manual operations by soldiers. Shape memory alloy and piezo-electric will be investigated for application in both tension and deck hold release mechanisms. Final Phase I products will be technical research and preliminary designs contained in a written report as well as prototypes to demonstrate system components. Research has the potential to lead to tie down systems that are attached and released more quickly than current systems. Cargo release time exposes troops to live fire so minimization of exposure duration can reduce the risk to human life in combat situations. Designs outlined may also reduce the number of personnel on deck during unloading. The same technology can increase the efficiency at which commercial shipping and trucking operates by reducing time spent fastening and releasing cargo.