SBIR-STTR Award

A Microwave Measurement Facility for RF Chaff Materials
Profile last edited on: 4/4/2022

Program
STTR
Agency
Army
Total Award Amount
$1,266,473
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
David B Oakes
Activity Indicator

Company Information

Physical Sciences Inc (AKA:PSI Technology~PLCC2 LLC)

20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
   (978) 689-0003
   contact@psicorp.com
   www.psicorp.com
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   03
County:   Essex

Phase I

Phase I year
2021
Phase I Amount
$166,479
Physical Sciences Inc., together with its STTR partner, New Mexico State University proposes, to develop the design of a prototype microwave measurement facility for dispersed radio frequency (RF) chaff materials in this Phase I STTR effort. The resulting design would be built and tested in Phase II establishing a unique, compact testbed for quick, relatively low-cost screening of laboratory-scale quantities of new/novel chaff materials designed for the 2 – 40 GHz (Threshold), 2 – 150 GHz (Objective) frequency range. The proposed program includes tasks to: 1) test/optimize a high efficiency chaff dispersal approach capable of uniformly dispersing unagglomerated chaff throughout the testbed volume, 2) designing the microwave measurement system, 3) designing the testbed enclosure, and 4) developing an integrated testbed design that incorporates the dispersal method with the test enclosure and microwave measurement designs to address key performance parameters for the testbed established with input from Army representatives. The resulting design will be reviewed with Army representatives and optimized based upon their feedback.

Phase II

Phase II year
2022 (last award $$: 2022)
Phase II Amount
$1,099,994
Physical Sciences Inc. and the New Mexico State University propose to refine and implement the design of a Microwave Obscurant Measurement Facility (MOMF) testbed developed in the Phase I STTR program that addresses Key Performance Parameters developed (KPPs) with input from Army representatives. The successful Phase II STTR program will establish a unique, compact testbed for quick, low-cost screening of laboratory-scale quantities of new/novel obscurant materials designed for the 2 – 40 GHz (Threshold), 2 – 150 GHz (Objective) frequency range. The proposed program includes tasks to: 1) review and update the KPPs and the preliminary Phase II prototype design based upon Army feedback and requirements, 2) finalize the design and procure/test the components of the microwave measurement system, 3) design and fabricate a continuous feed obscurant injector based upon a successful mechanism demonstrated in Phase I, 4) build and test the obscurant enclosure that integrates the microwave measurement capability with the obscurant injector and a multi-zone air recirculation system, and 5) develop and implement laptop-based software control for the system. The assembled system will be validated by testing obscurant materials of interest to the Army. The validated system will then be delivered to the Army.