Advanced Composites for Ammunition Protection and Crew Survivability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-04-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: A032-0137
Amount: $69,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-032
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: 048268890
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Michaud
 Program Engineer
 (207) 282-5911
Business Contact
 David Audie
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (207) 282-5911
Research Institution
Battlefield vehicles such as the Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV) and Future Combat Systems (FCS) carry high energy, large caliber munitions into combat. The munitions are stowed in a rack within the vehicle and are susceptible to burning, detonation, and explosion when impacted by spall fragments occurring when the vehicle wall is penetrated by small arms and medium caliber projectiles. A need exists to protect the munitions from these effects, reduce the probability of detonation and explosion, and increase crew survivability. Fiber reinforced composite materials have been used successfully for both ballistic armor and thermal protection systems. With nearly 35 years of composite experience for both applications, Fiber Materials, Inc. proposes an engineering design and modeling effort to determine the feasibility of combining fiber reinforced, fire retardant composites to provide ballistic impact and fire thermal protection in a single material. The study will include S2r-Glass and/or Kevlarr fabric in a matrix of FTR 402 fire retardant resin. The design options include separate structures to provide protection for the munitions rack and for individual munitions casings. The ballistic/thermal protection designs will be submitted for ballistic impact modeling and the predicted thermal response of each design.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government