A Blast Resistant Armor Package Based on a High Strength Titanium Foam

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-08-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: A072-178-1711
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-178
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Storm
 Senior VP Manufacturing Technology
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: C.E.O.
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Army has a critical need for increased protection for combat personnel vehicles against blasts from land mines and IED’s. A solution to this problem is needed which addresses damage from both fragment penetration and blast pressure, while maintaining an acceptable thickness and weight addition to the underbelly of the vehicles. MER Corp. working with Prof. Anthony Evans of UCSB will develop a solution to this problem which is based on a sandwich structure of dense titanium layers with a new high strength Ti foam being developed by MER. A strike face layer of MER’s Ti/TiB2 composite cermet armor will be used which has been shown to have excellent fragment protection at one half the areal density of Ti-6-4 armor. Prof Evans will conduct a modeling study to define the optimum overall structure, which will build on his earlier studies of honeycomb structures. MER will optimize the foam parameters and provide data to be used for the modeling study.

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