Blast and Impact Resistance of Polyurea Coatings on Metallic and Non-Metallic Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-08-M-0264
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-001-0332
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:
Brad Rix
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
brix@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Ken Liechti
Aerospace Engineering
1 University Station
Austin, TX, 78712
(512) 471-4164
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) proposes to utilize various software packages to model and design polyurea-based armor for improved blast and impact resistance of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). Two commercial polyurea systems and one previously developed TRI/Austin proprietary system will be evaluated during the Phase I effort. Mechanical property testing will be performed so that the materials can be accurately represented in the modeling scenarios. Substrate compatibility will also be examined for each material. TRI/Austin will utilize the modeling programs to determine the appropriate coverage and thickness of polyurea armor to be applied to the EFV in order to maximize crew protection while minimizing armor and vehicle weight. University of Texas at Austin (UT/Austin) will partner with TRI/Austin in this effort by performing additional adhesion and modeling studies. The results of these modeling studies will be corroborated with blast and fragmentation impact testing during Phase II. Ultimately, this project is intended to result in a practical, lightweight, polyurea-based armor that can be easily applied to the EFV to enhance crew survivability during blast events.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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