Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,729.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-11-C-0053
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-059-0497
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-059
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
DoyleMotes
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
dmotes@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
MonteFellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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