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Lightweight Structures Roadside Blast Protection

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Department of Defense
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2009 / STTR
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Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Lightweight Structures Roadside Blast Protection
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0353
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Explosions from landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan as the primary methods of the insurgent forces to engage lightly armored tactical vehicles. These explosive devices place our military troops and civilian personnel in constant peril, exposed to significant injury or death. Protection of the occupants of military and civilian vehicles from IED and mine blasts currently relies on a heavy armor retrofit which affects fuel efficiency and both tactical and strategic maneuverability. Therefore, based on the need for a more effective armor system that does not limit maneuver nor overburdens the logistical support system, the objective of the proposed work is to develop suitable, light weight, volumetrically efficient blast mitigation materials and concomitant designs that can be integrated with legacy technologies to achieve synergistic reduction in blast threats. The blast threats include over-pressure, impulse, and ballistic fragments. The resultant design will provide a blast shield that is designed to deflect blast energy away from the vehicle while incorporating innovative materials and construction to limit damage and fragmentation. Phase I will involve preliminary material investigations, prototype development and blast testing to obtain initial confirmation of utility.

Principal Investigator:

Harry Perkinson
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
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Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX 78733

EIN/Tax ID: 742518103
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 75228
Contact: Erick Sagebiel
Contact Phone: (210) 522-3695
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization