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Advanced and Additive Manufacturing of Nanostructured Ballistic Alloys

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-16-P-0252
Agency Tracking Number: A161-065-0920
Amount: $97,313.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-065
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-10-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-03-09
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL 32955
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Justin Hill
 Senior Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
 jhill@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

There is an urgent need to improve protection of our soldiers without losing mobility and maneuverability. As personal protection equipment becomes more sophisticated and multifunctional for protection against ballistics, shrapnel, and stabbing, it has also become heavier and more cumbersome. This additional mass can inhibit troop movement and potentially compromise the mission and even survivability. Therefore, there is an immediate need to replace existing ceramic ballistic plates such as the SAPI, ESAPI, SBI, and ESBI with lighter and thinner materials.Recent advances in nanostructured metal alloys have demonstrated enhanced mechanical and strength properties compared to macroscopic alloys. These nanostructured or ultrafine-grained (UFG) alloys can exhibit extremely high specific strength (strength relative to mass). Specific strength, elastic modulus and strain to failure are the key mechanical properties of ballistic protection. However the manufacturing of nanostructured alloys is difficult to control and scale. Mainstream Engineering will develop nanostructured alloys through additive and advanced manufacturing lightweight, high strength ballistic alloys.

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