Remote Deployment of Explosive Detection Material

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-12-C-0104
Agency Tracking Number: A121-007-0535
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-007
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive, Wh, NJ, -
DUNS: 015334899
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Boyadjis
 Principal Engineer
 (973) 326-9920
Business Contact
 Eric Olson
Title: Vice President Business Development
Phone: (973) 326-9920
Research Institution
Mechanical Solutions, Inc. (MSI) is proposing to modify its existing extended range 40mm non-lethal munition to carry a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) payload to detect and confirm explosives at a stand-off distance of 100 meters. The MIP is accurately delivered and distributed with very low impact energy to preclude an inadvertent detonation of suspected explosive materials. Transition to the field can be near term due to the already demonstrated long-range accuracy of MSI"s 40mm munition and because MIP is proven for safe explosive detection of commonly used substances (TNT, TNB, TNP, Tetryl, AN and UN). Additionally, the 40mm munition uses already type-classified propellant and an existing M-203 launcher reducing the logistic tail associated with introducing a new launcher. A barrier to more MIP usage has been a low cost, accurate, non-lethal, easily adaptable, and longer range delivery system. Pre-proposal testing with marking powder has demonstrated the ability to distribute the munition"s 40 ml payload over a 25 square inch area. Phase I work uses a combination of ballistic and impact force analysis and testing to evaluate, select, and demonstrate the preferred MIP packaging arrangement to maximize splatter pattern while minimizing impact energy for optimization during a Phase II project.

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