Lightweight Self-sealing Fuel Tank with Hydraulic Ram Mitigation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,923.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-11-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-108-0297
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-108
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Robert Mulligan
Senior Engineer
(781) 890-1338
rmulligan@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
Andrea Hicks
Contracts Supervisor
(937) 429-9008
ahicks@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) has two external fuel tanks that have a total capacity of 238 gallons, and weigh nearly 500 lbs each. The US Marines seek to reduce the weight of each external tank by 40% to 310 lbs, while not compromising survivability or capacity. Self-sealing coating technologies such as polyurea are desired; however, the added weight of this feature may present an integration challenge. The competing requirements of ballistic protection, fuel containment, and vehicle weight present a significant engineering challenge in this application. Innovative solutions that balance these performance traits are required, particularly strategies to achieve compact, low surface area fuel tanks that enable the full thickness of a polyurea coating necessary for self-sealing.

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