The Development of a Functionally Graded Lightweight Cermet Protective Body Armor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32856
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical
7960 S. Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. J.c. Withers
 (520) 574-1980
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Research Institution
There is no currently available armor that will defeat the most lethal leaded steel-core 7.62 ball ammunition at 5.0 lbs/ft(2) or less. In order to ensure the survivability and provicde maximized mobility of the soldier as well as law enforcement, a protective body armor at less than 5lbs/ft(2) is imperative. The team of MER-Simula has heretofore demonstrated that ceramic-metal combination (cermets) have the ability to provide protecton at 5.0lbs/ft(2) or less from all threats of 7.62mm ammunition. This program will develop a functionally graded ceramic-metal combination cermet with and without a Spectra Shield backing that can provide protection at less than 5 lbs/ft(2). Through an iterative fabricate-test-fabricate program, the optimum ceramic-metal functionally graded cermet composite material will be demonstrated for the economic application to protective body armor.

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