Bore Insulator Materials for a Naval Electromagnetic Launcher

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-05-C-3057
Agency Tracking Number: N041-045-0647
Amount: $1,723,900.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-045
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
2763 Culver Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45429
DUNS: 053184776
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Bauer
 Vice President
 (937) 296-1806
Business Contact
 John Barber
Title: President
Phone: (937) 296-1806
Research Institution
The objective of this SBIR Phase 2 is to develop the materials and processes technology required to scale-up electromagnetic (EM) railgun insulator technology developed during the Phase 1. The two major advancements in railgun insulator technology made during the Phase 1 were at least a tenfold improvement in insulator life, along with a demonstration of the fabrication process to make full length (i.e., 3.5 m), one-piece insulators. During the Phase 2 project, the insulator technology will be developed for larger scale railguns. Insulators for railgun bore sizes up to 90 mm will be built and tested. The anticipated benefit of this project to the Navy is a significant step toward weaponizing EM railguns. Limited railgun bore life is one of the key hurdles preventing railgun weaponization. Improved insulators will address one of these hurdles.

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