Modular Lightweight External Fuel Tank System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,718.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-11-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-108-0561
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-108
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
87-729-94
Principal Investigator:
Donald Bigg
Senior Engineer
(614) 797-2200
dbigg@metss.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Heater
President
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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