Polymers for Lightweight Small Arms Cartridge Cases

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-04-C-0046
Award Id:
68108
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-1244
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:
Brian Muskopf
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
bmuskopf@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The modern U.S. Army warfighter is being tasked to carry additional gear into the field to enhance combat effectiveness with the penalty of an increased weight burden. Recent improvements in polymer material technology and manufacturing processes that would allow a lightweight polymer to be used as a cartridge case material would help alleviate a portion of this weight burden. Polymer materials are 5 to 7 times lighter than steel or brass and half the weight of aluminum. Polymer materials have additional benefits compared to metals such as long storage life with no corrosion, potentially lower material and fabrication costs, and potential improvement in insensitive munitions performance. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. proposes to develop a lightweight, low cost, corrosion free polymer cartridge for small caliber ammunition that will function reliably in existing weapon systems and be capable of surviving the loads, pressures and temperatures experienced during the ballistic cycle. A polymer 5.56mm cartridge case will save over 1 lb of weight for every 100 rounds of ammunition compared to an equivalent brass cartridge case. This reduction in weight will allow U.S. Army soldiers to carry additional ammunition, or other equipment and supplies onto the field.

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