Alternative Lightweight Solution to the E-SAPI

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-10-C-6509
Agency Tracking Number: N091-005-0825
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-005
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
44650 Helm Court, Plymouth, MI, 48170
DUNS: 005384144
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Elkington
 (734) 459-5955
Business Contact
 Thomas Elkington
Title: CTO
Phone: (734) 459-5955
Research Institution
The purpose of this SBIR is to reduce the weight of the current E-SAPI plates while maintaining the same level of protection. The weight reduction is important because by doing so the warfighter’s maneuverability and survivability will be improved. Our ability to conceptualize, design, and engineer creative solutions for complex polymer applications is what we do. Our approach to solving this problem is to apply unique materials; unique geometries of those materials, a single step manufacturing process, and novel construction methodologies such that the overall weight will be reduced and the ballistic protection will be maintained or improved. Our experimental approach in Phase I is to leverage previous work, and perform high-fidelity simulation studies on several possible solutions. Based on this we will build a number of sub-scale prototypes, then test and correlate those prototypes to the studies. Based on the findings in Phase I our solution would be further optimized in Phase II. Additionally in Phase II we will build more prototypes for testing, and once optimized we will build full-scale plates for manufacturing feasibility reviews, ballistic testing and field evaluation. By providing lighter weight armor we will help to save peoples lives.

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