Smart Energy-Absorbing Light Body Armor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$69,997.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-11-C-0099
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-079-0438
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-079
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator
 Pedram Boghrat
 Research Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
 ITProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the Armys need for a smart body armor active protection system, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop new active Smart Energy-Absorbing Light Body Armor (SEALBA). This proposed body armor is based on a new impact sensor system that utilizes components developed in house and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. The innovation in the ballistic impact sensor, a very fast actuator device that will direct material to intercept the ballistic device, in conjunction with shock wave kinetic energy absorbers, will enable the SEALBA to vastly increase protection while greatly reducing armor areal density. As a result, this system offers greater survivability and decreased weight, which directly address the smart body armor active protection system requirements. In Phase I, POC will characterize the smart armor subsystems, materials, and functionality, and design and fabricate a prototype to demonstrate the feasibility of the SEALBA system by displaying the systems fast reaction time and mass transfer to neutralize incoming ballistic threats. In Phase II, POC plans to develop fully operating prototype hardware and software to TRL-4/6 and test its performance in a relevant environment.

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