Modular Lightweight External Fuel Tank System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-11-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: N102-108-0561
Amount: $69,718.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-108
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
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
 Donald Bigg
 Senior Engineer
 (614) 797-2200
 dbigg@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
METSS proposes to develop a lightweight, low cost, modular self-sealing fuel tank system for use on the EFV. METSS will show that existing materials can be combined in a multi-layer, integrated, multicomponent, unibody structure to produce a fuel tank system that is stable to JP-8 fuel, impact and hydrodynamic ram resistant, and will self-seal upon impact from a 14.5 mm projectile. METSS has demonstrated this in a previous SBIR program for the Army. This modular tank construction will not be damaged by the hydrodynamic ram effect from a 14.5 mm strike, nor be subject to the initiation of a fire. The proposed tank system will be considerably lighter in weight than the existing system, and meet the Marine"s weight targets, based on light-weight fuel tank technology developed by METSS in a previous, directly related, fuel tank weight reduction program. This modular tank construction will exhibit durability to dust and sand, temperatures between -25degreesF and +125degreesF, and be resistant to chemicals that the tank may be exposed to.

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