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Ultrastrong Dual Use Nanocomposite Materials for Blast and Transparent Armor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: A102-123-1661
Amount: $69,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-123
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-03-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1300 West Koenig Lane Suite 230
Austin, TX -
United States
DUNS: 033171534
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Denise Deppe
 Senior Materials Scientist
 (512) 636-5419
Business Contact
 Gary Schmidt
Title: VP, Product Development
Phone: (512) 422-5300
Research Institution

Nanocomposites are proving effective in protecting occupants of tactical ground vehicles from ballistic threats and mine blasts while maintaining optical transparency. In the proposed program, (Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) will develop a process for manufacturing these materials at rates higher than previously achieved. This approach utilizes SMRC"s experience in the development of transparent ballistic materials as well as its expertise in polymer nanocomposites and the design of automated process equipment. Aqueous solutions of crosslinkable polymer and aqueous suspensions of nanoclay will be simultaneously sprayed onto a surface to produce thin films that are then layered and crosslinked to form thick sheets. Crosslinking chemically bonds the reinforcing nanoclay to the polymer matrix, maximizing load transfer. The resulting nanomaterials are transparent and have the high tensile strength and stiffness typical of self-assembled polymer-clay nanocomposites made using the time-consuming layer-by-layer (LbL) processes. The simultaneous-spray process will be capable of producing large sheets of material with throughput more than 200 times that of LbL. In Phase I, both the chemistry and the process will be tailored to maximize strength, toughness, and transparency, culminating in the demonstration of ballistic resistance in testing and qualification to the required STANAG 4569 Protection Level.

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