Breault Research Wins Phase 1 and Phase 2 Navy SBIR Grants; BRO Engineering Creates LED-Based Navy Deck Lighting Solution
Breault Research Organization (BRO), the global provider of virtual prototyping software and optical engineering services, is pleased to announce the release of an engineering case study movie on the company's design, fabrication, and testing of a new solid-state surface flood light for Navy vessels.
Use the Web link below to see how BRO Engineering responded to the Navy's requirements, designed an LED-based deck lamp, demonstrated a conceptual design during a Phase 1 SBIR, and optimized and assembled two deck-lamp prototypes for field testing during a Phase 2 SBIR.
BRO Engineering Creates LED-Based Navy Deck Lighting Solution
(Case Study Movie)
In 2004, BRO submitted a winning SBIR Phase 1 proposal to redesign legacy deck lamps on Navy vessels. During Phase 1 activities, BRO finished the preliminary design ahead of schedule and under budget, which made it possible to complete a proof-of-concept prototype and demonstrate the well-received lighting solution to the Navy.
In 2008, BRO was invited to submit a Phase 2 SBIR proposal, which led to the design and fabrication of two additional deck-lamp prototypes designed to meet additional specifications. During Phase 2 activities, BRO worked with the Navy to develop project requirements and specifications focusing on improvements to the lighting design, device form factor, manufacturing processes, and environmental concerns such as extreme heat and cold, saltwater, and electromagnetic interference.
According to Mark Fink, Director of Engineering, "From the start, BRO and the Navy focused on a Solid State Lighting (SSL) solution that would use less power and provide greater luminous intensity, allowing deck and flight crews to identify foreign objects and debris that are safety hazards during flight operations."
BRO's design approach was to divide the deck lamp into optical subsystems that would handle nearfield, midfield, and farfield illumination output. "This allowed for the most efficient mixing of illumination from adjacent deck lamps, and minimized illumination non-uniformity that is a problem with the legacy lighting system," said Mr. Fink.
"One of our business goals is to complete the development and implementation cycle for the Navy deck lamp while exploring commercial applications for this type of illumination design. We are especially interested in environmentally-sensitive green technology applications, such as architectural lighting, where SSL devices can far exceed the performance of incandescent and other lighting systems that are common today," added Mr. Fink.
BRO's knowledge of optical and system-level issues on illumination projects such as the Navy deck lighting solution - including illumination, electrical, mechanical, packaging, environmental, and manufacturing challenges - position the company as a resource for customers seeking all types of advanced illumination design solutions.
About Breault Research Organization (BRO)
BRO is an optical engineering firm providing optical software products and training courses that help engineers turn creative visions into working prototypes. The company's own engineers work on beyond-state-of-the-art projects for Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, and top government labs. BRO has been recognized by the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology export achievements, received Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Awards for Best Place to Work and Community Service, was named Arizona's 2010 Small Business Innovator of the Year, and has been commended by United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano for excellence in technology development. BRO is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company steadfastly committed to quality, innovation, and the success of its clients.
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