Novel Hard-Nosed Penetrators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0186
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1869
Amount: $788,394.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-143
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
5069 Martin Luther King Freeway, Fort Worth, TX, 76119
DUNS: 119473275
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Animesh Bose
 (817) 492-4446
Business Contact
 Animesh Bose
Phone: (817) 492-4446
Research Institution
There is currently an urgent need for the development of novel penetrator concepts capable of defeating hardened concrete reinforced targets. The use of a hard nose and high strength and high toughness steel can result in significant improvement in the penetrator performance. It follows, that the creation of a conceptual penetrator with a very high hardness nose structure, followed by a high strength and high toughness steel, will be ideal. The difficulty in fabricating this conceptual penetrator provides a tremendous challenge to the material science and engineering discipline. The key impediments to the development of such penetrators are the difficulty in the economic fabrication of the hard nose and its integration with the trailing steel structure. Phase I investigations have successfully demonstrated the ability of powder injection molding (PIM) technique to produce high hardness tungsten carbide nose structures, which has also been successfully integrated with a trailing steel section. Phase II program will build on this concept, optimize the properties, and develop a process for the economic fabrication of such hard nosed penetrators in large numbers. Success in this project will result in a new class of penetrator whose performance will be superior compared to state-of-the-art penetrators.

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