INNOVATIVE DESIGN FOR AIRCRAFT CANOPY FRACTURING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20813
Amount: $527,576.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
990 Commerical Street, San Carlos, CA, 94070
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth E. Willis
 (415) 637-3074
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal describes an electrical system for fracturing aircraft canopies so a new escape system can rapidly and safely pass the seat through the canopy. No explosives are used in the system. Instead, electrical energy is converted to small pockets of high pressure plasma which will generate pressure sufficient to initiate cracks which will weaken the canopy. Within a few microseconds, the canopy would be sufficiently weakened to allow the penetrator mounted on the seat to go through with minimum imparted loads to the seat occupant, and assure the debris is small and not harmful to the occupant.

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