Seamless Flexible Fuel Tanks - 65% TOC Reduction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-16-C-0087
Agency Tracking Number: L2-0080
Amount: $1,493,629.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA152-001
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-29
Small Business Information
292 Charles St, Providence, RI, 02904
DUNS: 079804434
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edmund Bard
 (401) 585-5918
 ebard@responsetechs.com
Business Contact
 Edmund Bard
Phone: (401) 585-5918
Email: ebard@responsetechs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The DoD uses flexible fuel bladders in multiple air, ground, and sea vehicles because they: 1) easily fit into almost any space, 2) are corrosion resistant, and can often be self-sealing and explosion resistant, 3) allow for customized placement of fittings and connection points, and 4) these flexible tanks can collapse as they empty, thereby reducing the need for venting and minimizing sloshing and its associated noise.Despite these advantages over rigid tanks, flexible fuel bladders are not without their flaws.Specifically, owing to how they are designed and manufactured, flexible fuel bladders are: 1) innately prone to seam failures, 2) have reduced longevity, 3) are stiffer and heavier than they need to be, and 5) are limited in the range of fuels any one product can safely contain.Response Technologies (RT) is attempting to determine, the scientific, technical, and commercial feasibility of creating flexible fuel bladders that are: without seams, are lighter in weight, are more durable and longer lasting, and result in reduced total cost of ownership of 65%.Through novel additive manufacturing processes, RT expects to achieve higher functionality at lower cost, shorter lead times, and with low minimum order sizes for discrete parts.

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