Enhanced Aerogels for Multi-Functional Asset Protection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$648,187.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-04-C-0230
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-1559
Solicitation Year:
2002
Solicitation Topic Code:
N02-207/2
Solicitation Number:
2002.2
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
184 CEDAR HILL STREET, MARLBOROUGH, MA, 01752
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator:
Sara Roseberg
Manager, Government Progr
(508) 481-5058
srosenberg@aerogel.com
Business Contact:
Don Young
President, CEO
(508) 691-1160
contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Today, the Navy, and all of our nation's defense are faced with the unconventional threat of terrorist or other asymmetric attacks. As such, a unique system combining fire resistance, blast mitigation, and energy absorption for Navy surface ships will be developed and demonstrated. The proposed solution will utilize Aspen Aerogels' flexible aerogel blanket as an energy absorption mechanism. The product resulting from the proposed development would be suitable for field installation, and would provide designers enhanced design flexibility for new platforms. Phase I results indicated that in particular scenarios, the aerogel effectively reduces damage in a blast event. However, a more thorough understanding is required. The proposed Phase II program will focus on developing a thorough understanding of the aerogel behavior in a range of high strain rate events, and use these results to fabricate and test partial and full scale components to confirm their effectiveness as a blast mitigation system for naval assets. Aspen will be working with the Navy and experts at Penn State to predict the response and develop the proposed system. Overall, the proposed system would be lighter in weight, and thinner in cross-section than current state of the art thermal insulation and blast attenuation systems.

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