Lightweight Structures Roadside Blast Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0355
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-032-0684
Amount: $69,888.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T032
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
771 E. Lancaster Ave, Second Floor, Villanova, PA, 19085
DUNS: 602549524
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edmond Dougherty
 (610) 525-5352
Business Contact
 Edmond Dougherty
Title: President
Phone: (610) 525-5352
Research Institution
 Villanova University
 Jerry Jones
 800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA, 19085 1603
 (610) 519-4985
 Nonprofit college or university
The key technical objective of the Phase I effort will be the successful development of lightweight compact structures that can be applied to vehicles, either as add-on structures or as an integral part of the vehicle. This will be accomplished through analysis, simulation, practical experience, intuition and experimentation, with the aid of artificial intelligence, primarily in the form of genetic algorithms, to help refine the concepts. The general approach will be to develop blast protection materials and structures that defocus and redirect the blast impulse so that the negative effects on the vehicle passengers and the vehicle itself are minimized. In order to examine and refine the concepts, we plan to perform dynamic simulations, coupled with genetic algorithms. The simulations will have both numeric and graphical animation outputs. To validate the simulations, lab tests and field tests will be conducted.

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