Lightweight Ballistic Armor for Military Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0285
Agency Tracking Number: N051-023-0758
Amount: $79,895.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-023
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
55 Chapel St, Newton, MA, 02458
DUNS: 153008631
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Koslowske
 Sr. Materials Engineer
 (617) 581-6747
Business Contact
 David Carnahan
Title: President
Phone: (617) 581-6747
Research Institution
Many Navy aircraft platforms face the compromise between complete crew protection and diminished mission capability. NanoLab proposes a novel, lightweight aircraft armor solution that is easily manufactured, repairable and cost competitive. This is accomplished using a composite approach to the ballistic strike material, in which ceramic spheres of boron carbide are arranged in a polymer matrix material. Boron carbide has been used in aircraft armor applications for over 4 decades due to its high strength to weight ratio, but it suffers from high cost and low repair-ability. In the Phase I effort, we will develop pressure-less sintering techniques to reduce the cost of this critical material, and incorporate it in a unique form that allows additional defeat mechanisms, mold-ability, and repair.

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