Two-Material Penetrator Nose for Penetrating Both Sand and Concrete

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0220
Agency Tracking Number: F093-096-1923
Amount: $99,773.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-096
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
100 Queens Drive, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 William Flis
 Director of Research
 (610) 337-2800
Business Contact
 Robert Ciccarelli
Title: Vice President, Engineering
Phone: (610) 337-2800
Research Institution
We propose to improve earth-penetrator performance against layered targets including soils and concrete by determining appropriate materials for a first-stage sand penetrating nose, and optimizing nose geometry for sand penetration. An analytical and/or computational study will narrow the options for each approach, and limited small scale tests will be conducted to verify material behavior under laboratory conditions. Once candidate materials have been identified, we will develop means for implementing the novel nose materials into a removable nose on a steel penetrator. BENEFIT: This program will enhance the capability of penetrating weapons that are under development by increasing the probability that the weapons will reach their intended targets. These technologies will also enable greater success for data-gathering space probes that are designed as planetary penetrators.

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