Fire-Resistant Composite Shelters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-07-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: F051-278-2413
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-278
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
8821 Washington Church Road, Miamisburg, OH, 45342
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James McDowell
 Program Manager
 (937) 435-2200
Business Contact
 Rob Banerjee
Title: V.P. Business Development
Phone: (937) 435-2200
Research Institution
Composite wall panels and composite shelters are becoming increasingly used in habitable military transportable structures. WebCore Technologies, Inc. has been developing a TYCOR based shelter panel technology to meet the stringent performance requirements of the ISO Composite Tactical Shelter (CTS). The increasing use of composites in settings involving human occupants raises the concerns about safety and elevates the requirements for fire-resistant composite panels and shelters. Under a Phase I effort WebCore successfully incorporated fire-resistant technology into TYCOR shelter panels. The Phase I effort involved a review and analysis of fire testing methods and standards resulting in a draft fire standard for composite flammability characteristics that aid in the safe escape from the shelter in the event of a fire. WebCore identified and tested shelter panel constituents (foams, fibers, resins and advanced coatings) for use in a fire-resistant thermoset composite TYCOR shelter panel. These results form a baseline solution for the Phase II effort, which will expand the possible solutions in thermoset composites and include thermoplastic composites fire-resistant solutions as well. WebCore will produce a fire-resistant shelter design and fabricate a fire-resistant ISO CTS. This composite shelter will go through complete Certification testing, including fire, structural, transportation and environmental testing.

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