Ultra-Light Weight Energy Absorbing Armor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-07-C-0057
Agency Tracking Number: A062-214-1348
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-214
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bulluck
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 jbulluck@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The U.S. Army�s wheeled tactical vehicles are in need of lightweight ballistic protection that will provide sufficient defense for cargo in the open beds against ground fire and blast events. Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes a novel composite armor system that can afford this protection by dissipating the energy of the impact and/or blast while subsequently preventing penetration of projectiles. Aside from incorporating lightweight components in the armor, the proposed manufacturing process will also provide an inexpensive means to reduce the weight and also allow the panels to be molded into specific shapes. During Phase I, TRI/Austin will be working with a manufacturer of tactical vehicles for the Army who will provide technical assistance regarding incorporation of the panels onto their vehicles. Ballistics testing will be performed at an accredited facility using 7.62 x 51mm NATO ball rounds and .50 caliber fragment simulating projectiles (FSPs). Various environmental tests will be conducted based on methods outlined in MIL-STD-810 to ensure that the composite armor will maintain its effectiveness under harsh field conditions. The combination of new ballistic-protection materials and their production process will result in a lightweight, easily-installed, durable armor for military integration.

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