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Advanced Armor Vehicle Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36836
Amount: $74,874.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 787
Socorro, NM 87801
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Buckley
 (505) 835-2951
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution

This project applies a combination of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), Genetic Algorithms (GA), and CAD software to the problem of optimum armor design. Previous work for TACOM has established the efficacy of ANN/GA as applied to the problem of 1-D armor design. This new work will extend the concept to full 3-D vehicle geometries (CAD models). The CAD part of the code will handle the 3D data describing the vehicle geometry, the selection of threats, and the generation of 3D rays through the vehicle model. The ANN/GA part of the code will optimize the armor configuration based on the sample of 3D rays. The optimization will take into account a cost and weight budget. It is anticipated that the new code will determine armor designs optimized over the entire vehicle surface, as opposed to point design solutions

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