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PRETENSIONING DEVICE DESIGN FOR CRASH PROTECTION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
12170
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
12170
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Structures Technology
2851 S 44th St - Unit #4 Phoenix, AZ 85040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: PRETENSIONING DEVICE DESIGN FOR CRASH PROTECTION
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $569,346.00
 

Abstract:

THE CURRENT FIVE-POINT MILITARY AVIATION RESTRAINT SYSTEM (FOR NON-EJECTION CREW SEATS) WHEN PROPERLY USED (I.E., TIGHTLY ADJUSTED), CAN PROVIDE GOOD OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION. THE RESTRAINT SYSTEMS ALSO INCLUDE AN INERTIAL REEL ON THE SEAT BACK WHICH IS DESIGNED TO LOCK THE SHOULD STRAPS AT THE ONSET OF A CRASH, IN THE SAME MANNER THAT THE COMMON AUTOMOBILE SEAT BELT INERTIAL REEL LOCKS WHEN JERKED QUICKLY. BY LOCKING THE INERTIAL REEL, THE CREWMEMBER'S FORWARD MOTION IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT OF STRETCH IN THE BELTS, THEREBY GREATLY REDUCING THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY (OR DEATH) DUE TO HEAD (OR UPPER TORSO) IMPACT WITH THE INSTRUMENT PANEL OR CONTROL STICK. HOWEVER, MILITARY HELICOPTER CREWMEMBER'S TYPICALLY WILL LOOSEN THE RESTRAINT SHOULDER STRAPS IN ORDER TO GAIN INCREASED COMFORT AND MOBILITY (RANGE OF MOTIONS). SINCE THE CREWMEMBERS ARE UNABLE TO TIGHTEN THE RESTRAINT SYSTEM IN AN IMPENDING CRASH SITUATION, THE RESTRAINT SYSTEM'S ABILITY TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT THEM DURING THE CRASH EVENT IS DEGRADED. THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES AST'S TECHNICAL APPROACH TO SOLVING THIS PROBLEM, OUR UNIQUE CAPABILITIES TO ACCOMPLISH THE PROJECT, PERSONNEL QUALIFICATIONS, AND RELATED EXPERIENCE.

Principal Investigator:

Alan D Lane
6028297106

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Structures Technology
2851 S 44th St - Unit #4 Phoenix, AZ 85040

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