Pressure Vessels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$598,901.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-04-C-4145
Award Id:
53705
Agency Tracking Number:
N011-0432
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
Michael Dingus
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
mdingus@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The US DoD requires cylindrical and spherical pressure resistant vessels for various applications. Each service uses pressure vessels extensively in both military vehicles and land-based systems. In some applications, these vessels need to be able to resist significant externally applied hydrostatic pressure loads without implosion. The use of composite materials for these pressure vessels offers the promise of reduced corrosion, lighter weight, and life cycle cost savings. During Phase I, and in related projects, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) demonstrated the feasibility of developing low cost NDE test methods that can be adapted to the evaluation of externally pressurized composite vessels. Physical characterization of constituent materials and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) will be required to determine the quality and performance characteristics of these composite pressure vessels. During Phase II, prototype composite pressure vessels will be designed, constructed, and evaluated. An open ocean implosion test will be carried out, and the resulting shock wave and pressure vessel remains will be analyzed. The design will be modified as needed, and a final prototype article fabricated. A cost analysis for the composite pressure vessels will also be prepared.

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