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Innovative manufacturing research on forming of large light armor alloy…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4285
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-051
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
American Engineering & Manufacturing
8085 Leavitt Road Amherst, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Innovative manufacturing research on forming of large light armor alloy sections resistant to blast and penetration
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0051
Award Amount: $2,035,727.00
 

Abstract:

Based on the successful demonstration of induction-assisted bending for near-net shape forming of titanium alloys, AEM will work in Phase 2 to extend the concept to other common armor materials. The success of the process derives from the ability to heat a narrow band of material to a point at which its formability increases without metallurgical damage. Metallurgical examination and measurements with the Gleeble Thermo Mechanical Simulator helped validate the induction heating concept for Ti-6Al-4V alloys, nearly doubling the ductility and permitting significantly tighter bend radii than could be achieved previously. The work in Phase 2 will extend this methodology to examine induction-assisted bending of other armor materials (steel and aluminum). The performance of sections formed by bending will be compared with representative welds to ensure a balanced process comparison. Based on the results obtained for additional materials, the project team will assess the need and potential for using the process for post-bend heat treatment. Phase 2 will culminate with the bending of full thickness plate and design of a second generation system that captures Army and industrial requirements. Pending a successful outcome in Phase 2, the second generation system could be built with additional government and industrial support.

Principal Investigator:

John Lawmon
Principal Engineer
(614) 846-5718
John.L@aemi.us

Business Contact:

Karen Hess
Contracts Administrator
(440) 986-4400
Karen.H@aemi.us
Small Business Information at Submission:

American Engineering & Manufacturing
8085 Leavitt Road Amherst, OH -

EIN/Tax ID: 200000708
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No