Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20792
Amount: $789,280.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 12696, Research Triangle, NC, 27709
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard A. Mckinney
 (919) 781-8148
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
This Phase I program would examine the feasibility of developing aircraft seat cushions that can help crews of the AH-1W to survive crashes. The effort will focus on adapting novel hydraulic air cushioning structures (HACS) to absorb the impact energy of a crash. These HACS structures, which are elastomeric compounds with controlled air-flow passages, when incorporated within the seat or cushion, could absorb tremendous amounts of impact energy during a crash. Combined with current stroking seat technology, the cushions could significantly reduce the average rate of 14.5 G and the maximum G currently experienced in helicopter seat drop tests conducted by Simula. With these shock absorbing qualities, the cushions have the potential to render certain kinds of crashes more survivable. The cushions would not be highly expensive and could be easily designed to be retrofitted to existing aircraft. In addition, later Phase II studies could investigate the incorporation of fire retardant materials to aid in the survival of post-crash fires.

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