Advanced Lightweight Vehicle Components and Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-07-P-0080
Agency Tracking Number: S071-001-0084
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM07-001
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
101 West Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI, 49931
DUNS: 073282928
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glen Simula
 (906) 482-1235
Business Contact
 Glen Simula
Title: President
Phone: (906) 482-1235
Research Institution
The additional weight of add on armor systems and extra equipment, coupled with IED tactical warfare, has negatively impacted the performance of tactical wheeled vehicles. This is demonstrated by compressed suspension systems, higher vehicle center of gravity, increased rollovers, and reduced performance on all tactical vehicles, but is especially prevalent in HMMWV’s. The US military has started a JLTV program to develop an improved replacement to the HMWV, but this is 6 – 10 years before fielding the system. The Special Forces require near term improvements, and cannot afford to wait for the JLTV to be developed. Therefore, GS Engineering (GSE) proposes a detailed parametric study of the modified HMMWVs / GMVs to develop lightweight components using advanced materials and manufacturing techniques for near term implementation. These lightweight components will save 250 – 500 pounds of mass with the same or better performance than the heavy steel or cast iron components.

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