High Energy Material Containment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0101
Agency Tracking Number: N063-175-0238
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-175
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
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
 Chip Beebe
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 cbeebe@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 Navy desires a containment system that provides isolation of energetic materials, so that they can be stored and handled as an inert payload with minimal risk of activation or unconstrained release of energy. Current containers are heavy, costly, provide inadequate ballistic shielding, and do not provide the desired logistical handling characteristics. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) and subcontractor Container Research Corporation (CRC) will develop material and structural concepts for a lightweight, low-cost, high-energy material containment system that is also payload independent, scalable, modular, and conforms to industry standards. Several innovative methods of providing heat-, ballistic- and blast-shielding capability will be explored, including laminated composites, low-cost yet high-performance reinforcements, and unique coatings that enhance blast- and fire-resistance. Innovative joint designs will be incorporated to reduce the likelihood of blast-induced damage. TRI/Austin will evaluate candidate container design concepts using analytical and empirical methods. Representative wall panels will be fabricated and tested to demonstrate the structural, ballistic, and fire performance of selected approaches. The resulting metrics will allow TRI/Austin to recommend a detailed design concept for further development. Finally, an economic analysis will be performed to provide a cost comparison with existing designs.

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