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Lightweight Composite for Next Generation E-SAPI

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
98018
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-005-0645
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-005
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
WRIGHT MATERIALS RESEARCH CO.
1187 Richfield Center Beavercreek, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Lightweight Composite for Next Generation E-SAPI
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: M67854-10-C-6513
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

The current ballistic material systems for small arms protective inserts in personnel armor are based on ceramic plates with fiber-reinforced composite backing. The current Interceptor OTV (Outer Tactical Vest) and SAPI (Small Arms Protective Inserts) have saved many lives, but the current configuration including E-SAPI is still not light enough to meet the goals of the Marine Corps applications. Ballistic resistant materials that can be used for personnel armor protective inserts include metals, ceramics, polymeric composites, and their combinations. Current E-SAPI designs incorporating ceramic plates with a fiber-reinforced composite backing material can defeat NIJ Level IV shots and fragmentation, but these E-SAPI plates, even in their current configuration, still have plenty of rooms for improvements. In this Phase I research, we propose to develop a lightweight armor composite to replace the current material systems. The ballistic composite will be fabricated without any hazardous materials. It will be about 20% lighter than the current E-SAPI. Preliminary experiments have shown very promising results. Analysis indicated that the target density is achievable. Additional features include the ability to resist multi-hit at close proximity and great reduction in behind-the-armor impact force. The proposed armor composite should have an immediate and large market in the military, and civilian law enforcement community.

Principal Investigator:

Seng Tan
President
9374318811
sctan@sprintmail.com

Business Contact:

Seng Tan
President
9374318811
sctan@sprintmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Wright Materials Research Co.
1187 Richfield Center Beavercreek, OH 45430

EIN/Tax ID: 311394678
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No