Mitigation of Fuel Tank Explosions and Fires from IED Blasts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,765.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0339
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-013-0408
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T013
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
87-729-94
Principal Investigator:
KennethHeater
President
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Business Contact:
KennethHeater
President
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Research Institute:
University of Dayton Research Insti
Kevin L Poormon
300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469-0160
(937) 229-2263

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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