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Crashworthy Ballistic Tolerant Fuel Tank Weight Reduction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-05-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number: A043-091-1183
Amount: $69,857.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-091
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-12-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-06-16
Small Business Information
1285 Dunn Road
St. Louis, MO 63138
United States
DUNS: 097931430
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Kelli Corona-Bittick
 Principal Investigator
 (314) 868-3500
Business Contact
 Daniel Gaffney
Title: Vice President
Phone: (314) 868-3500
Research Institution

Production Products and the University of Delaware - Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) will develop a 200-gallon fuel tank design concept that will be 50% less parasitic weight than the current lowest weight crashworthy, ballistically tolerant, self-sealing (Type I) tank construction at 0.9 lb/ft2. This design will meet the requirements of MIL-DTS-27422C and withstand the threshold threat of 0.50 Caliber and objective threat of 14.5mm AP projectiles. The program will be based upon our expertise in filament winding and capabilities in modeling/analysis of composite structures and ballistic materials. In Phase I we will conduct an analytical and experimental engineering evaluation of the design concept for a lighter weight 200-gallon fuel tank. We will down select materials that will make up a multi-layer fuel tank wall and will fully establish the feasibility of each layer to the function of the fuel tank. We will evaluate and down select alternate materials and processes, and establish firm design requirements for all parameters of the fuel tank system so as to meet the Army requirements defined for this program. The fuel tank designs will be considered by on weight, scalability, and cost. It will also be designed for ease of installation, operation, removal and replacement.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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