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LIGHTWEIGHT NON-METALLIC HIGH PERFORMANCE GUN BARRELS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
5875
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
5875
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FOSTER-MILLER, INC.
350 Second Ave. Waltham, MA 02451
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: LIGHTWEIGHT NON-METALLIC HIGH PERFORMANCE GUN BARRELS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,985.00
 

Abstract:

THE LIMITATIONS OF STEEL (WEIGHT, EROSION, CORROSION, WEAR, AND DEPENDENCE ON STRATEGIC ALLOYING ELEMENTS) HAVE INHIBITED THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXTREMELY HIGH PERFORMANCE MILITARY GUN BARRELS. OF THE MANY METALLIC AND NONMETALLIC ALTERNATIVES TO STEEL, ONLY CERAMICS ENJOY INTRINSIC IMMUNITY TO ALL FIVE LIMITATIONS. HOWEVER, CONVENTIONAL (MONOLITHIC) CERAMICS LACK THE TOUGHNESS REQUIRED OF A GUN BARREL MATERIAL. THE PROPOSED PHASE I EFFORT INVOLVES THE DESIGN, FABRICATION, AND TESTING OF CERAMIC BARREL LINERS TOUGHENED BY THE INCLUSION OF RANDOMLY ORIENTED "WHISKERS." THE LINERS WILL BE FURTHERREINFORCED BY EXTERNAL WRAPPINGS OF CONTINUOUS FIBERS IN A SUITABLE MATRIX. MEANS FOR EXTERNAL COOLING WILL BE DEVELOPED. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO CREATE A GUN BARREL MUCH LIGHTER THAN, AND POTENTIALLY SUPERIOR TO, STEEL BARRELS, AND WHICH CAN WITHSTAND HIGHER RATES OF FIRE SUSTAINED PERIODS.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph s boyce
6178903200

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Foster-miller Inc
350 Second Ave Waltham, MA 02254

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