The US Navy seeks a partner to license and commercialize a versatile, high performance, cable shield ground adapter for marine and other harsh environments that greatly reduces installation and overall life cycle costs
The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, has developed, tested, and patented a cable shield ground adapter (CSGA) that is easy to use, highly robust, and inexpensive. The Navy CSGA is designed to accommodate a broad range of cable and conduit sizes with a minimal number of adapters. For example, any size cable from 1/8” to 1” can be grounded and secured in a K-sized tube using the Navy’s device. An internal seal acts as the primary seal against environmental conditions, providing superior protection and relegating fickle heat shrink boots to a secondary protective status.
The Navy’s CSGA meets stringent military standards (MIL-STD-1310H) but is still expected to cost approximately 1/10th that of current products. The design can also enable the repair and retrofitting of previous installations without expensive repair kits and the time-consuming process of pulling cables. The Navy’s solution weighs about 50% less than other products and offers outstanding pull-out resistance.
- Simple and Versatile: Simple to install and able to accommodate a broad range of cable and conduit sizes with a minimal number of CSGA sizes; for example, one CSGA unit size can accommodate approximately 55% of current shipboard applications, and two coupled sizes can accommodate more than 90% of current shipboard applications.
- Robust: Polychloroprene inner seals are designed to be water tight and do not solely rely on difficult to install and easy to damage heat shrink boots; standard cable installations can exceed 300 lbf pull resistance, offering superior installation stability and safety.
- Inexpensive: The Navy’s CSGA is expected to cost 1/10th as much as current products in new installations; design simplicity, extensive use of COTS components, and a focused reduction in the variety of the components lead to dramatically reduced total ownership costs.