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Snap-Assisted Stackable Hardened Applique Fastener System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Snap-Assisted Stackable Hardened Applique Fastener System
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0319
Award Amount: $149,958.00


To address the U.S. Army need for innovative methods of attaching applique armor packages to Combat Vehicle Structures, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Snap-Assisted Stackable Hardened Applique fastener system (SASHA). This proposed attachment system is based on POC"s proven, patented line of ruggedized, military field connectors, which can be integrated as part of virtually any structural member (i.e., metallic, composite-based, etc.). SASHA"s integral snap fastener allows Army personnel to quickly and easily (un)mount applique armor to/from a vehicle"s outer structure during vehicle repair or maintenance operations under all weather conditions. As a result, this proposed applique attachment system offers the capability for rapid, tool-less vehicle armor reconfiguration, including daisy-chaining, to ensure effective combat and maintenance operations, which directly addresses the PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of four to six SASHA design variants via finite element analysis simulation and testing of fabricated proof-of-concept SASHA applique fastener prototypes. In Phase II, POC plans to integrate the system on a HUMVEE and validate two of the Phase I designs under a variety of tests including structural, environmental, and ballistic.

Principal Investigator:

Kang Lee
Principal Mechanical Engineer
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118053
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No