Transmission and Driveline Development and Their Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$69,998.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-04-C-0081
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-1247
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A03-230
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator
 Brian Muskopf
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 bmuskopf@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
U.S. Army ground vehicles such as the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) use a driveline system to transfer power from the engine to the vehicle's wheels. Modern driveline systems make up a significant amount of a ground vehicle's empty weight. Driveline system components are fabricated from relatively heavy metals that are subject to corrosion damage, and are expensive to manufacture due to the fabrication processes required to form the complexly shaped parts. Innovative driveline system designs that utilize low cost, lightweight, durable materials are required to reduce the weight of the driveline system, while reducing part procurement costs and maintenance costs by eliminating corrosion damage. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. and subcontractor Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Vehicle Systems, LP propose to develop cost effective, lightweight, damage tolerant, polymer composite driveline system component designs to replace currently used metallic components in the FMTV tactical vehicles. The use of composite materials will reduce the cost and weight of the driveline system while providing a reliable, corrosion free service life with little or no maintenance costs. The use of lighter weight, polymer composite driveline components will increase the power-to-weight ratio of the vehicle and allow for increased performance or payload.

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