Ascertaining Bio-Mechanical Response of Armor Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-04-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: A032-3858
Amount: $69,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-026
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
3330 Oakwell Court, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX, 78218
DUNS: 112552104
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Adrian Pierorazio
 Senior Consultant
 (210) 824-5960
Business Contact
 Amanda Harris
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (210) 824-5960
Research Institution
This proposal describes a project to develop an integrated system to measure the energy and impulse transferred through a piece of body armor material subjected to ballistic and non-ballistic loads. The proposed system is independent of the target and body armor material and can be applied to any combination of materials deemed relevant in the future. As part of this effort, a signal conditioning and data acquisition system will be developed that will report pressure, impulse, displacement, and energy transferred to the target as a function of both time and location. In Phase I, a system will be designed, physically modeled, and tested to demonstrate the operation of the system under dynamic loading. The initial use for this system will be to test body armor systems and, using a biomechanical model currently under development, predict the injuries likely to be sustained by the wearer under a variety of attack scenarios. The final system will be commercialized for application to protective garment testing of all kinds including bulletproof vests and sports equipment, testing the response of the human body to impacts for safety and forensic projects, and characterizing the response of malleable materials to static or dynamic loads.

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