Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: A111-059-0497
Amount: $97,729.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-059
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Doyle Motes
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
The deployment of the C-RAM weapon system has increased the desire of the Army to have the ability to"dial in"a velocity to guns to respond to a wider range of scenarios. Responding to this request, TRI/Austin proposes designing, fabricating, and testing an electro-thermal launcher for a feasibility test-bed for larger caliber launchers that will evolve into a replacement/upgrade for the C-RAM. TRI/Austin will team with the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, which houses a world class pulsed power facility and gun range for testing of prototype design. Projectiles of electrically conductive and non-conductive materials will be tested at velocities similar to a .22 caliber bullet and a demonstration of variable velocity will be performed. Research will also be conducted into the potential for transforming a next-generation launcher into an electro-thermal chemical launcher using a combustible fuel in tandem with a current pulse to replace the powder charges presently in bullets. This research has the potential to affect a reduction in the supply chain (through the removal of propellant) and serve as a template to permit exploration of portions of the Army arsenal to be converted to a variable velocity system.

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