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Technology for Ship to Shore Connector Concepts with Combined High Speed and Payload Fraction
Profile last edited on: 10/23/18

Program
SBIR
Agency
Navy
Total Award Amount
$898,233
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
Edmond Dougherty
Activity Indicator

Company Information

Ablaze Development Corporation

771 East Lancaster Avenue 2nd floor
Villanova, PA 19085
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   05
County:   Montgomery

Phase I

Phase I year
2015
Phase I Amount
$148,681
The Navy has a need for a surface connector vessel for movement of equipment, personnel and cargo between a host vessel and shore. Proposed is a surface effect ship (SES) that will ride on a combination of pressurized air cushions in the rear section, a dynamic planing lift from twin V-hulls forward. Based on Harley Boat Corporations patented technology; improvements to the existing patent; and information gathered from previously tested designs, the innovative craft is expected to achieve up to 4 to 5 times the efficiency of conventional catamaran hull vessels. Under Phase 1, a goal will be to show that the design will be superior to conventional skirted hovercraft. The proposed connector craft will have far better seals and will more efficiently create the needed lift. In addition to the rear air cushions, the SES also generates lift from the dynamic the V-Hull forward. The low loss aft air cushions and the forward V-Hull work together to create a far higher lift than previous vessels. Under the Phase 1 Option, the team will study the augmentation of the SES design through the use of power ram augmented technology, such as the Power Augmented Ram Landing Craft (PARLC).

Benefit:
The proposed vessel will have many advantages over conventional vessels, including speed, stability, smoothness of ride, and fuel efficiency. Therefore, not only will the craft have military advantages, but will also be valuable in commercial cargo and passenger operations around the world. Of particular application due to its great commercial and humanitarian need, will be in-stream cargo operations at overcrowded or underdeveloped ports and the delivery of the cargo via inland waterways.

Keywords:
CONNECTOR, CONNECTOR, air cushion, surface effect ship, twin hull, Fuel Efficiency, Power Augmented RAM, Landing Craft, SES

Phase II

Phase II year
2017 (last award dollars: 2017)
Phase II Amount
$749,552
This proposal is a continuation of a Phase 1 SBIR project and offers a connector solution that will meet, and will likely exceed, all of the defined criteria. The core of the concept is based on surface effect technology developed and demonstrated by Harley Boat Corporation of Bartow, Florida, known as the H-SES (Harley-Surface Effect Ship). The work will lead to a working 30% scale model as well as the design documents for a full scale vessel.

Benefit:
The proposed vessel will have many advantages over conventional vessels, including speed, stability, smoothness of ride, and fuel efficiency. Therefore, not only will the craft have military advantages, but will also be valuable in commercial cargo and passenger operations around the world. Of particular application due to its great commercial and humanitarian need, will be in-stream cargo operations at overcrowded or underdeveloped ports and the delivery of the cargo via inland waterways.

Keywords:
CONNECTOR, Fuel Efficiency, air cushion, Power Augmented RAM, surface effect ship, SES, Landing Craft, twin hull