Device and Method for Separating Parts of Acoustic Sensor

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The disassembly of acoustic sensors often damages the ceramic and metallic components. Because of the mechanical structure of the sensors, and possible marine growth such as barnacles, disassembly and repair is often destructive. It is costly to purchase or fabricate replacement parts for these sensors.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), has developed, patented, and fielded a device that assists in separating mating ceramic and metallic parts of an acoustic sensor with minimal or no damage to any of the components. The device operates on threading a main bolt with a wedge to separate the assembly from the mating parts without damage. Parts can be reused if they are not damaged during disassembly, which saves money when fixing or performing maintenance to the sensors.

- Minimal or no damage to component parts
- Lower costs to fix sensors
Utility Patent
United States
Aug 17, 2010
Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
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