Lightweight Composite for Next Generation E-SAPI

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-10-C-6513
Award Id:
98018
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-005-0645
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1187 Richfield Center, Beavercreek, OH, 45430
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
783569528
Principal Investigator:
SengTan
President
(937) 431-8811
sctan@sprintmail.com
Business Contact:
SengTan
President
(937) 431-8811
sctan@sprintmail.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The current ballistic material systems for small arms protective inserts in personnel armor are based on ceramic plates with fiber-reinforced composite backing. The current Interceptor OTV (Outer Tactical Vest) and SAPI (Small Arms Protective Inserts) have saved many lives, but the current configuration including E-SAPI is still not light enough to meet the goals of the Marine Corps applications. Ballistic resistant materials that can be used for personnel armor protective inserts include metals, ceramics, polymeric composites, and their combinations. Current E-SAPI designs incorporating ceramic plates with a fiber-reinforced composite backing material can defeat NIJ Level IV shots and fragmentation, but these E-SAPI plates, even in their current configuration, still have plenty of rooms for improvements. In this Phase I research, we propose to develop a lightweight armor composite to replace the current material systems. The ballistic composite will be fabricated without any hazardous materials. It will be about 20% lighter than the current E-SAPI. Preliminary experiments have shown very promising results. Analysis indicated that the target density is achievable. Additional features include the ability to resist multi-hit at close proximity and great reduction in behind-the-armor impact force. The proposed armor composite should have an immediate and large market in the military, and civilian law enforcement community.

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