Lightweight Ballistic Exhaust Grille with Directional Capabilities and Reduced Thermal Signature

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-07-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: N071-001-0124
Amount: $69,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-001
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Mulligan
 Project Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) has two aft mounted exhaust grilles that interface the heat exchangers to the external environment. The current grille design suffers from competing requirements which render its performance less than optimal. In this Phase I project, Infoscitex proposes to conduct research into innovative composite materials and fabrication methods that will enable a grille to meet weight, airflow, ballistic and thermal emissivity requirements, as well as allowing directional capabilities. Following materials selection and evaluation, a first generation design will be created. Subsequently, a cost-benefit analysis will be performed on the design that analyzes the projected performance and costs of ownership. A design will be pursued that allows the new grille to be integrated with the existing housing and mounting flanges.

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