Advanced Ceramic Gun Barrel Materials & Processing Methods--Phase II

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$83,602.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
M67854-03-C-1014
Award Id:
53510
Agency Tracking Number:
N011-0602
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 5188 Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM, 87185
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099725108
Principal Investigator:
Stuart Schwab
President & CEO
(505) 348-8797
stschwab@thortech.biz
Business Contact:
Vicki Schwab
Chief Operating Officer
(505) 348-8797
vmschwab@thortech.biz
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"Barrel erosion, which is produced by the combination of hightemperature and pressure with aggressive propellant combustionproducts, and the action of the projectile, results in decreasedmuzzle velocities, increased projectile yaw, and decreasedaccuracy. New material designs are needed to mitigate erosion ingun barrels, which limits service lifeCeramic composites are a leading material candidate for gunbarrels because of their thermochemical stability, erosionresistance and low density. Ceramic composites can prolongservice life and provide other enhancements to gun barrels. Newdesigns and manufacturing methods are needed to integrate ceramiccomposite barrels with current infantry weapons, such as the M249Squad Automatic Weapon.Thor Technologies, Inc. has teamed with Los Alamos NationalLaboratory, Materials Research & Design, and Fabrique NationaleManufacturing, Inc. to develop a novel hybrid ceramic compositedesign and an innovative, low-cost manufacturing method. DuringPhase II, prototype ceramic gun barrels will be produced andvalidated through live fire tests.The Principal Investigator and the project team have theexperience and expertise to develop ceramic composite gun barrelssuitable for the infantry combat environmentBENEFITS: Enhancement of barrel service life will reduce weapon lifecycle costs. The availability of low cost ceramic composites will benefit aerospace and industrial applications ranging from jet engines and

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