Phase I Small Business Innovative Research - Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) Munition
Harkind Dynamics recently wrapped up its first Phase I small business innovative research (SBIR) project for the U.S. Marine Corps Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate. HDLLC showed the feasibility of its 12-gauge, non-lethal, untethered munition design capable of engaging and incapacitating a target out to 100+ meters. This munition can be deployed from any 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, overcoming the drawbacks of other devices, like TASERs, which have limited range and accuracy.
HDLLC will wrap up the Phase I Option effort in July 2020 and hopes to continue to prototype development in Phase II in the summer.
Radiation Sensor Fixture Design and Integration on Existing Robotic Ground Vehicles
Harkind Dynamics designed custom, additively manufactured fixtures for integration of radiation and chemical sensors onto bomb squad and explosive ordnance disposal robotic platforms. Dager Technology, LLC was the customer for this effort and has since utilized these fixtures for training their users in federal, state, local, and military environments for Homeland Security and combating terrorism.
Artificial Intelligence for Improved Solder Reliability Predictions
This internal research and development effort builds upon industry thermal and vibration cyclic solder fatigue data to construct a AI model which can accurately predict electronic solder joint life. Aimed at solving a difficult aerospace industry challenge, this effort will deviate from the traditional Engelmaier and Steinberg fatigue models, which are highly sensitive to user assumptions, and rely on actual fatigue test data for predictions. Ultimately, this tool will be able to adjust estimates based on specific design features, like solder joint thickness, underfill, staking, and printed circuit board coatings to determine expected hardware life.