Innovative Impact Energy Absorber Appliqué

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$729,999.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W56HZV-08-C-0047
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-192-1425
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-192
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator
 George Hansen
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 ghansen@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Severe head and body trauma resulting from vehicular accidents and explosions is a major concern to the military. The objective of this Phase II effort is to develop and deliver quickly to the field, a cost effective Energy Absorbing (EA) appliqué for up-armored tactical vehicles. This EA applique would save lives and reduce serious casualties. Phase I of the project utilized LS-DYNA finite element modeling (FEM) to develop an innovative, high-performance, thin energy absorber based on aluminum honeycomb with blast resistant polyurea top skin. Our optimized EA applique outperformed three commercially available EA systems that were evaluated to the FMVSS 201u specification over a 3/8 inch cold rolled steel. We will use 19 evaluation criteria identified in Phase I to select the most cost effective EA solution for vehicle field tests and production. FEM capability will be developed to include a Free Motion Head Form (FMH) with standard Army issue helmets and full vehicle collisions or rollovers. Armor Holdings will provide TRI with detailed interior layouts, input on suitable surfaces for the appliqué, and assist with marketing and inclusion of this new technology in tactical vehicles. Full-vehicle crash tests will be conducted by an independent testing laboratory, MGA Research.

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