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COTS Small Electronics Modeling

Development of software to model mechanical response of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computers to shock. Integration with purchase-decision analysis programs.

Under a Small Business Innovative Research Phase II grant, Weidlinger Associates teamed with Anteon Corporation to simulate shock effects on Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) small electronics and supporting structures in submarines and surface ships. It makes sense for the armed forces to purchase COTS rather than built-to-suit combat-ready electronics equipment, which is more time-consuming and expensive to produce. Modeling the mechanical response of computers to shock, however, is notoriously difficult. Weidlinger's analysis was based on the mathematics of fuzzy structures. The resulting software was integrated with general-purpose programs used to analyze decision-making about purchases. It could also be used to protect against vibrations and noise, wave-slamming, grounding, and collisions at sea.

Completion Date: 2005
Location: United States
Owner or Client: US Department of the Navy
Prime Consultant(s): Anteon Corporation/WAI (JV)

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