Structural Blast Energy Absorber

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0350
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-032-0053
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T032
Small Business Information
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road, Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
130020209
Principal Investigator
 Richard Tillinger
 Prog Mgr, Polymer Production
 (937) 320-1877
 tillingerr@crgrp.net
Business Contact
 Stephen Vining
Title: VP, Government Programs
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Email: viningsd@crgrp.net
Research Institution
 NM Institute of Mining & Technology
 Lonnie Marquez
 801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM, 87801 4750
 (575) 835-5606
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Light, maneuverable, fast and fully protected vehicles are needed on today''s battlefields. In a field of operations, US military vehicles often encounter landmines, improvised explosive devises (IEDs), and other explosive threats towards the underside and sides of the vehicle. These threats, unfortunately, can contribute to warfighter casualties. Military vehicles, therefore, require adequate protection in these activities. Current technologies do not afford the exceptional level of blast protection that the Navy desires. Steel armor plates are inexpensive, but extremely heavy, adding thousands of pounds to light vehicles. The extra load makes the vehicles heavy, difficult to maneuver and difficult to transport by sea or airlift. The extra weight also wears heavily on these vehicles, causing premature engine and transmission failures, as well as suspension and brake problems. The desired solution must provide structural load support and mitigate the blast energy, while at the same time contribute less weight and/or space to the vehicle. In Phase I CRG will demonstrate the technical feasibility of a high-performance, light-weight structural blast energy absorber made from CRG’s blast-resistant materials. The effort will design and test the structural blast energy absorber and develop processing techniques to fabricate the proof-of-concept device.

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