Mitigation of Fuel Tank Explosions and Fires from IED Blasts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0339
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-013-0408
Amount: $79,765.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T013
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
DUNS: 87-729-94
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 President
 (614) 797-2200
 kheater@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
 University of Dayton Research Insti
 Kevin L Poormon
 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469-0160
 (937) 229-2263
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
On any vehicle, one of the most vulnerable system components during an attack is the fuel tank, as fuel can serve as a fire/explosion hazard, creating an immediate threat to personnel. Loss of fuel from a damaged fuel tank can also prevent personnel from taking necessary evasive or offensive actions, thus putting them at additional risk in a potentially survivable attack. With the increased threat of attack from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), fuel tank protection has become increasingly critical in military operations. The objective of this STTR topic is to develop and demonstrate strategies for mitigating fuel tank explosions from IED blasts. Specifically, this proposal emphasizes the integration of lightweight, self-sealing, ballistic tolerant fuel tank technologies to develop an IED-resistant fuel tank that can be used on a broad base of military vehicles. The resultant tank design will absorb the IED blast impact and fragmentation in manner that contains the fuel so the fire/explosion hazard is eliminated.

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