Rapidly Emplaced Devices to Attach Sensors/Demolitions to Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,982.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-05-C-1243
Award Id:
73477
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-020-0617
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:
John Bulluck
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Explosive breaching is frequently the fastest and most combat-effective method to gain access to compounds, buildings, and rooms. Current explosive and sensor attachment methods are a logistical burden, difficult to use, messy, slow, unreliable, and may require fixtures to work. Improved methods are needed to attach demolition items and sensors to wet, fouled, or underwater surfaces. Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) proposes the use of a revolutionary new class of adhesives that are extraordinarily insensitive to water and offer extremely rapid cure and excellent bond strength, even at low temperatures. These materials can be hand applied using a simple, lightweight, disposable coaxial syringe. The proposed fast cure (< 15 seconds) adhesive will easily be able to hold a weight of several pounds, and should have a two-year shelf life. Although adhesives have been used for this application in the past, none of those products has the speed and robust cohesive properties of the proposed materials. A comprehensive test program will be conducted to prepare the formulation and packaging system for Army field use. Tests will include adhesion to plastic explosive simulants, mild steel, and interior and exterior building walls and ceilings, including unprepared and underwater surfaces.

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