Scalable, Lightweight Nanocomposite Armor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,887.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0392
Award Id:
91666
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0123
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
45 Spinelli Place, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
085502958
Principal Investigator:
Erik Handy
Senior R&D Engineer
(617) 661-0060
erik@gvdcorp.com
Business Contact:
Hilton Lewis
President
(617) 661-0060
hilton@gvdcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
GVD Corporation (GVD) proposes to develop conformal coatings for carbon nanotubes (CNTs), facilitating scalable manufacturing of lightweight vehicle armor. GVD's solvent-free coatings afford improved CNT dispersion in various matrices, resulting in better CNT distribution throughout the armor nanocomposite. Combat vehicles carry more than 10 tons of armor, increasing vehicle wear and tear (and associated maintenance costs) and reducing vehicle mobility. GVD's proposed nanocomposite approach offers significant armor weight reduction while maintaining armor performance. In Phase I, GVD will develop and screen a range of conformal coatings for carbon nanotubes. The most promising candidates will then be selected for nanocomposite fabrication and testing. GVD's nanotube coating approach will then be optimized and scaled up in Phase II for prototyping and more rigorous testing.

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