Integral Fuel Tank Self-sealing Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0362
Agency Tracking Number: N12A-001-0137
Amount: $149,785.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: N12A-T001
Solitcitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Duns: 87-729-94
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 President
 (614) 797-2200
 kheater@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
 University of Dayton Research Insti
 Kevin L Poormon
 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469-0160
 (937) 222-2263
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The opportunity presented under this program is to develop next-generation fuel-sealing technology that can be applied to impart self-sealing capability to the most vulnerable areas of integral aircraft fuel tanks. Targeted application of the self-sealing materials will reduce the weight and fuel volume penalty associated with conventional MIL-DTL-5578 self-sealing fuel bladder constructions. New methods and materials developed to support this objective should also provide an enhanced level of reliability with respect to ballistic impact protection performance when compared to conventional self-sealing technology based on natural gum rubber and be compatible with conventional and alternative aviation fuels and blends. High performance lightweight materials should be used to minimize weight and fuel volume penalties. The targeted threat level is Protection Level A, which as described in MIL-DTL-5578, is providing self-sealing capability against .50 caliber straight and tumbled rounds, and 20 mm straight. Self-sealing capability is currently determined relative to a 2 minute time-scale, but faster self-sealing is desired (e.g., 30 sec). METSS plans to address the requirements of this topic by adapting the design of lightweight, self-sealing laminate technology developed and successfully demonstrated under other DoD threat mitigation program efforts.

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