Instantaneous Self-Sealing Protection for Fuel Tanks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0363
Agency Tracking Number: N12A-001-0124
Amount: $79,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N12A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130, Littleton, CO, -
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Arzberger
 Program Manager
 (303) 792-5615
Business Contact
 James Budimlya
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution
 University of Delaware
 Geraldine Hobbs
 210 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE, 19716-1551
 (302) 831-2136
 Nonprofit college or university
Aircraft are susceptible to ballistic and other projectile damage. They are particularly vulnerable to damage to their fuel tanks. As a result, most jet fighters and all U.S. military rotary wing aircraft employ some type of seal-sealing fuel tank technology. Unfortunately, the existing self-sealing fuel tank technologies are heavy and offer unreliable reproducibility in the self-sealing layer resulting in poor ballistic wound closure and additional fuel loss. Thus, the U.S. Navy is interested in the development of alternative self-sealing fuel tank system that is durable, functional and lightweight for introduction into the naval air fleet. An appropriate solution must perform in the temperature range of operation; -40 degrees F to ambient (approximately +130 degrees F) and possess a reasonable attachment mechanism for integration into existing air frame wing structures. Further, it must be compatible with commercial jet fuels and not interfere with fuel purity, fuel transfer and surrounding aircraft solution or equipment. To address these needs, ADA Technologies, Inc. (ADA) proposes the development of an instantaneous self-healing technology based on a thermoplastic composite. The thermoplastic composite provides a self-repair response following ballistic puncture that is more rapid than the human eye can detect based upon a kinetic-to-thermal energy transfer mechanism.

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