High Toughness, Hard Faced Metal Matrix Composite SAPI Plates

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-04-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: A032-1577
Amount: $119,932.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-179
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
M CUBED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
921 Main St, Monroe, CT, 06468
DUNS: 003052532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Aghajanian
 VP Product Development
 (302) 454-8600
 aghajanian@mmmt.com
Business Contact
 Michael Aghajanian
Title: VP Product Development
Phone: (302) 454-8600
Email: aghajanian@mmmt.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An extremely capable team of M Cubed Technologies and Simula is proposing to replace existing ceramic-based small arms protective insert (SAPI) personnel armor plates with hard-faced metal matrix composite (MMC)-based products. This new product will offer much greater durability due to the relatively high fracture toughness of MMCs relative to ceramics. In short, the program will produce MMC tiles, examine hard facing of the tiles via traditional thermal spray processes, and characterize the products for physical and ballistic properties. Variables to be studied will include the MMC composition, the type and thickness of hard facing, and the hard coating process. Finally, an economic analysis of the most promising system(s) will be made, with a comparison to the current ceramic-based systems. The strengths of the team members will be utilized, such as M Cubed's expertise in developing, characterizing and commercializing advanced materials; and Simula's expertise in designing, testing, manufacturing and fielding advanced armor systems.

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