An Innovative Ultra Lightweight Runflat Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0156
Agency Tracking Number: A103-176-0308
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-176
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
6869 Marshall Rd., Dexter, MI, -
DUNS: 078563421
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zheng-Dong Ma
 Chief Scientist
 (734) 426-5400
Business Contact
 Gregory Hulbert
Title: Vice President
Phone: (734) 426-5401
Research Institution
The objective of this research is to design, produce and manufacture an ultra lightweight runflat technology for Army vehicles, based upon the MKP patent-pending Negative Poisson Ratio (NPR) material system. Using MKPs award-winning virtual prototyping and design modeling and simulation (M & S) capabilities, we propose, in cooperation with Oshkosh, to develop, prototype and validate a runflat tire system, NPR-runflat, for the M-ATV that: a) weighs less than 50 pounds per tire, b) is fully compatible with the existing Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS), c) can be driven at least 30 miles on paved surface (at a speed of 30 mph), d) can be driven onroad and offroad, e) can be manufactured for the M-ATV as well as other Army and commercial vehicle applications.

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