Innovative Applique Attachment Methods for Army Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,694.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-11-C-0317
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-061-0255
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-061
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Creative Engineering Solutions Inc.
11196 N. Cardinal Drive, Parker, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
075291331
Principal Investigator:
Jim Michael
President
(303) 257-7888
jmichael@idcomm.com
Business Contact:
Jim Michael
President
(303) 257-7888
jmichael@idcomm.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Creative Engineering Solutions, in collaboration with QinetiQ North America and its LAST armor solution, proposes to develop a switchable magnetic core element (SMCE) attachment system that breaks the traditional tradeoff of detachment time, isolation, pull strength, and weight which has been the limiting factor for all such state-of-the-art systems. Our novel system decreases attachment/detachment time of SoA by an order of magnitude without reducing isolation distance, and can adapt to adding weight to current configurations. We propose to develop, demonstrate and evaluate different design concepts: SMCE, SMCE arrays, LAST appliques, bayonet mount, and a combination of Velcro and SMCEs. Our team uniquely combines many years of experience in fielding light-armored systems with novel knowledge fielding magnetic products, in order to create fast implementation of the proposed system and benefit both legacy and Future Combat vehicles. The SMCE system will consist of: a clamshell-hold applique, offering damping ballistic resistance; SMCE unit for detaching/attaching without tools; a tailorable receiver base for pull load, up to 600 lbs for a single contact; and an attachment 2'x 2'aluminum frame. The new attachment methods and armor system will be applicable not only to FCV but also to selected civilian applications.

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