Lightweight Ballistic Armor for Military Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,895.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0285
Award Id:
75091
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-023-0758
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
55 Chapel St, Newton, MA, 02458
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
153008631
Principal Investigator:
Mark Koslowske
Sr. Materials Engineer
(617) 581-6747
mkoslowske@nano-lab.com
Business Contact:
David Carnahan
President
(617) 581-6747
dcarnahan@nano-lab.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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