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Innovative manufacturing research on forming of large light armor alloy sections resistant to blast and penetration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0044
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4278
Amount: $4,029,524.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-051
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-01-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-06-30
Small Business Information
145 Overhill Drive
Mooresville, NC -
United States
DUNS: 040707460
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mike Worsham
 Principle Investigator
 (704) 799-6944
Business Contact
 David Robinson
Title: President
Phone: (704) 799-6944
Research Institution

Weldments that join plates of aluminum or steel combat vehicle hulls can be the lowest strength area of the structure and thus provide a decreased level of ballistic protection. To avoid welds, seamless hulls could be formed from thick plate if a suitable manufacturing process is developed. Corvid Technologies, teamed with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) performed a series of modeling, simulation, prototyping and forming tasks during Phase I that identified a suitable process for forming thick plate. Also in Phase I, Corvid and CTC identified an industrial forming partner ideally suited for potential production-scale forming. In Phase II we propose to further characterize and validate the process for large hull or armor appliqu forming through clearly defined simulation, prototyping and testing tasks. Corvid Technologies offers an analysis capability of penetration and blast loading events using state-of-the-art commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and in-house developed computational tools. Corvids analysis will provide direction on material usage and armor systems design. CTC has been developing lightweight ceramic/metal composite armor system under the auspices of the US Army Tank-Automotive research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

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