Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 899.96K | Year: 2016
ABSTRACT:Triton proposes to develop a material system and process to fabricate reusable masks for surface modification of turbine parts. An FDM machine capable of producing complex shaped reusable masks is proposed to be delivered at the end of the program.BENEFIT:Masking materials are critical in virtually all industrial processes. The technology developed will enable low cost and short lead-time fabrication of masks across major industrial segments including the automotive and aerospace market segments.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.85K | Year: 2016
Triton Systems, Inc. and its academic partner are proposing to fabricate an innovative highly conductive and transmissive thin layer to replace ITO on large area, lightweight solar cells. Part of the proposed approach will be to texture the surface of the coating to improve light transmission into the solar cell. Triton will work with a manufacturer of flexible solar panels for the Army, who will test our Phase I cells.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 79.87K | Year: 2016
Triton Systems proposes to develop an innovative an innovative approach to provide high-voltage protection to reduce the risk of electrical shocks from low overhead wires for dismounted radio operators while providing equivalent or better radiation pattern and gain in existing hand-held and man-pack radio antennas. Even short antennas can be risky in operational environments where power lines are only a few feet overhead. Currently available solutions are cumbersome or require antenna replacement, which is impractical.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 79.97K | Year: 2016
Triton Systems and its team members propose to develop a squad level water purification system capable of purifying water sourced from any location with low to zero energy consumption while maintaining the purification standards in TB MED577.
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 124.84K | Year: 2016
Triton Systems is currently developing an unpowered, switchable emissivity film for application to spacecraft surfaces. We call our approach Phase Change Thermochromic Radiator (PCTR); it self-switches from low to high emissivity above a designed temperature setpoint, causing a surface in space to radiate heat only when it becomes too warm and conserving heat otherwise. Key to the operation of PCTR is the phase change material vanadium dioxide, integrated into a multilayer thin film structure to produce a device which is reflective over the 3-35 um IR band below a transition temperature Tc but strongly absorptive above Tc. PCTR has advantages over competing approaches to dynamic emissivity such as electrochromics, in that it requires no electrical drive power, is relatively simple to fabricate, and contains only stable, rugged, well understood materials. The proposed program will significantly upgrade the performance of PCTR to approach the system requirements of planetary exploration probes and landers, manned and unmanned. Performance targets include high emissivity of 0.9, low emissivity of 0.15, turndown ratio of at least 6:1 and potentially 10:1, and solar alpha 0.1 or less. These advances will be achieved by a new design approach using nanostructural enhancement. Fabrication methods will be developed which can be scaled up to produce 10's of square meters of film. Beyond thermal performance tests (turndown, etc.), key qualification tests include thermal cycling, vibration, peel tests, surface charge and life degradation.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 899.92K | Year: 2015
The proposed program will complete the final level of tooling scale up for a production machine dedicated to filler manufacturing. This scale up uses an approach that has been demonstrated previously and therefore has a low level of associated risk. Along with the tooling scale up, there will also be a finalization of the manufacturing process that will be used in conjunction with the large capacity tooling. The process will be refined and optimized so that the filler meets all requirements. The new tooling will be moved within the production machine to demonstrate uniformity of filler characteristics regardless of tooling location. When the process has been optimized and validated, formal process control documentation will be developed to reflect the optimization and control limits at the scaled up conditions. This documentation will be developed with input from OEM M&P team. This equipment will be used to manufacture filler for qualification tests in several applications and for manufacturing after transition.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.94K | Year: 2015
Plain, self-lubricating spherical bearings operating in high levels of airborne abrasive contaminant particle environments, such as desert regions, are subject to accelerated wear of their PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) liner systems. Accelerated bearing wear has been observed in fielded aircraft and leads to increased maintenance costs, Flight Safety Risk and reduced operational availability. The Navy has a need to protect bearings from contamination in order to increase bearing life and relieve maintenance burdens. Triton Systems proposes to develop a prototype device to improve plain bearing performance in a contaminated environment. Triton will design and fabricate and test prototypes of the device.
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.98K | Year: 2015
NASA missions, from earth orbit CubeSats to deep space, require thermal management. For this a switchable emissivity surface is desired, but the only established solution, mechanical louvers, is heavy and clumsy. In Phase I, Triton Systems working with materials scientists at a leading research university demonstrated an innovative film which switches from low to high emissivity above a set threshold temperature. Feasibility experiments showed the film self-switched from a low emissivity 0.08 to a high peak emissivity 0.97 above a critical temperature which can be engineered in the range 10-70C as required for a specific application. The film has no moving parts, is composed of all solid state, stable materials, can be deposited on flexible polyimide substrates, requires no external power or control, and shows no sign of deterioration or fatigue over millions of temperature change cycles. nmental tests will be carried out.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 743.02K | Year: 2015
ABSTRACT:The US Air Force trains JTAC and other combat personnel using video immersive simulations. However, it has proven difficult to include night vision training because of the inability of projectors to drastically change light levels. Triton systems working with key suppliers and subject matter experts is developing an innovative screen which can be electro-optically modulated in reflectance over an 11:1 range. In Phase I, key requirements were verified for optical characteristics, compatibility with night vision optics, speed and temperature range of operation. In Phase II a full scale prototype adaptive dome will be constructed, tested and delivered to AFRL for evaluation.. BENEFIT:Immersive simulation training is increasingly deployed throughout DOD and as part of a rapidly growing worldwide commercial training industry. Screens with dynamic optical properties may replace conventional static fabrics and make such training more adaptable and effective, particularly for day/night training, not only for military but also industrial maintenance in factories and pipelines, police, fire and first responders.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 949.99K | Year: 2015
ABSTRACT:Triton Systems will mature and transition an adhesive product to satisfy a well-defined and urgent platform need that cannot be met with currently available technology. This effort will be carried out in close partnership with the end-customer and will leverage an SBIR technology that has already shown the potential to meet the requirements. The strong existing technology base, close teaming with the platform, and the well-defined transition and financial strategy will enable a rapid transition and deployment of this military capability.BENEFIT:Maturation and transition of the proposed adhesive technology has the potential to benefit the DoD and the Air Force by providing an adhesive performance that is not possible with currently available materials. Tritons adhesive technology has the potential to provide bonding performance at all relevant temperatures for this application. The Triton adhesive technology is considerably easier to use than conventional adhesives, and can provide considerable savings in manufacturing labor, time and cost.