Lightweight, low-cost armor panels for installation in soft-walled shelters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QY-08-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-164-0967
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
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:
John Bulluck
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Adminstrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The U.S. Army's soft-sided shelters are in need of lightweight, modular, fire resistant, ballistic protection panels that will provide sufficient blast defense for personnel and equipment within the shelter. Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes a novel composite armor paneling system that can afford this protection by dissipating the energy of the blast while subsequently preventing penetration of fragmented projectiles. The high strength panels will have an areal density < 3.0lbs/ft2 and cost less than $25/ft2. During Phase I, TRI/Austin will be working with a leader in ballistics testing and armor mechanics design and predictive modeling, as well as with a manufacturer of blast resistant materials. Ballistics testing will be performed using varying sizes of right circular cylinders (RCCs) at defined velocities to simulate mortar fragmentation. Environmental tests will be conducted that include water absorption, ultraviolet radiation resistance, and temperature effects to ensure that the armor panels will maintain their effectiveness under harsh field conditions. Flexural strength testing will insure that the panels can withstand a blast event, and fire resistance testing will verify the self-extinguishing properties of the composite. The novel combination of ballistic-protection materials will result in a lightweight, easily-installed, ruggedized armor panel for military integration.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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