Innovative Piezoelectric Flash-bang

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,641.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-04-C-1116
Award Id:
62853
Agency Tracking Number:
A022-0869
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786127522
Principal Investigator:
MarthinusSchoor
President
(781) 306-0609
tienie@mide.com
Business Contact:
PetraBotha
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 306-0609
petra@mide.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Commonly known to military, FBI, and law enforcement personnel, flash-bangs are grenade-like non-lethal weapons that produce a bright flash of light combined with a loud acoustic report which is meant to momentarily startle an enemy. A single explosion using pyrotechnics contained within the device traditionally generates the flash and bang. While effective at temporarily disabling targeted personnel, they do have some drawbacks. These include the creation of smoke, presence of flame, single flash and bang report, no adjustability, and high transport costs. Mid¿ has constructed a feasible, re-usable stun grenade system design based on Phase I trade studies and technology analysis. The Innovative Piezoelectric Flash-bang (IPF) integrates a high power density electrical source, proprietary control and power conversion circuitry, augmented xenon flashlamps and deafening piezo resonators into a robust enclosure. Where conventional stun grenades relied on overpowering, one-shot events, the next generation flash-bang will exploit human weaknesses and provide a continuous and reusable diversionary tool. Furthermore, added functionality of adjustable delay, event intensity, and event duration will give the user increased confidence and control. The heightened safety and lower life cycle cost of a non-pyrotechnic device, may also open new markets such as home security and personal self-defense.

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