Development of a High Performance, Low Cost, Lightweight Boron Carbide-Alumina-Aluminum Armor Material

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,850.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-03-M-0107
Award Id:
64680
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-1116
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH, 43212
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008588782
Principal Investigator:
Michael Breslin
President & CEO
(614) 487-3689
mbreslin@bfd-inc.com
Business Contact:
Michael Breslin
President & CEO
(614) 487-3689
mbreslin@bfd-inc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed work focuses on an improved body armor system based on the use of thin layers of a new and innovative ceramic/metal composite material (ONNEXT) combined with high performance polymer composite backings. The key element in this study is aunique class of tough ceramic-metal composite materials that contain both interconnected metal and a large fraction of boron carbide. The metal phase provides significant toughness and damage tolerance, and the boron carbide provides high hardness andoutstanding ballistic performance. These materials are processed by a unique manufacturing method allowing thin and complex shapes to be formed at a reasonable cost.The overall goal of this effort is to develop and demonstrate armor that will defeat two very different military threats at an areal density of 6 pounds per square foot (or less): M2 AP (which presently cannot be defeated without hard ceramic), and the M80ball (which is efficiently stopped by organic composite armor). Three key variables in the ceramic/metal system will be studied and optimized: precursor production method, ceramic layer thickness and ceramic layer geometry (i.e., non-planar shapes). Thiswork heavily leverages the development of boron carbide containing ONNEX, which has been developed as a wear material. The primary benefit of this program will be a reduced cost, improved performance armor system available to the US military. Reducing thecost of personnel armor will allow the military to outfit additional troops and improved performance will yield fewer casualties. The net result will be measured in human lives rather than dollars.Additionally, the resulting armor system will have substantial impact on the current domestic body armor market (which exceeds $90 million annually) and vehicle armor market (which exceeds $18 million annually) by providing improved protection at a reducedprice to paramilitary and law enforcement organizations.

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