Enhanced Energy-Absorbing Aircraft Seats

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS1-02064
Agency Tracking Number: 001495
Amount: $599,093.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
56 Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA, 02155
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. John Rodgers
 Senior Engineer
 (817) 491-0161
Business Contact
 Attila Lengyel
Title: Chief Operations Officer
Phone: (617) 252-0660
Email: tienie@mide.com
Research Institution
MidT is proposing innovative energy-absorbing seat and restraint system enhancements for improving crashworthiness in aircraft, using Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs). It is proposed that the passive superelastic properties (energy-absorption) of SMA¿s are investigated for integration into various components of the seat, support, and restraint system. These alloys are capable of absorbing energy in the form of strain, to a much higher degree than conventional materials such as steel and aluminum alloys. Phase 1 will downselect among the proposed concepts and determine feasibility.

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