Innovative Tactical Vehicle Structures Utilizing Advanced Composite Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAE07-03-C-L06
Agency Tracking Number: A022-0217
Amount: $69,671.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Dwyer
 (207) 282-5911
Business Contact
 David Audie
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (207) 282-5911
Research Institution
The proposed effort will develop a lightweight composite frame for Military vehicles. The goal is to exhibit equal or better performance than current lightweight steel frames, but with reduced weight. Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) will research and selectthe most suitable PMC for use in a vehicle frame. This study will demonstrate, using analytical and physical measurement techniques, the feasibility of PMC maintaining structural integrity under operating conditions, and reduced weight compared tolightweight steel. Issues related with joining PMC members in vehicle frames will be of primary concern. The vehicle frame to be developed is a Light Strike Vehicle. Two frame categories will be investigated under the proposed Phase I effort. The firstutilizes tubular, space-frame fabrication. The second is a unibody or monocoque design. The immediate benefit of this technology is a reduction in weight of military vehicle frames. This will improve performance while increasing fuel economy. The methodsused to design and fabricate a PMC Light Strike Vehicle frame will also be applicable to larger military and commercial vehicles.

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