Fiber-Optic Instrumentation for Ballistic Impact Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91CRB-12-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A112-094-0596
Amount: $99,930.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-094
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
2363 Calle Del Mundo, Santa Clara, CA, -
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vahid Sotoudeh
 Principal Investigator
 (408) 565-9000
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Title: CEO/CTO
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Research Institution
Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation (IFOS) proposes an approach of developing an optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based real-time instrumentation system for quantitative evaluation of the whole-field dynamic response of ballistic impacted specimens. IFOS"key innovation is in the use of advanced fiber optic sensing system that can measure the spatial deformation of the armor throughout the duration of the ballistic impact, leading to identification of effectiveness, possible transient effects and the resulting damage distribution. The sensing system is modular, uses electrically passive, electromagnetic interference (EMI) immune, multiplexable, fiber optic sensing technology with many sensors on a single lightweight commercial-grade optical fiber that is unobtrusively attached to the armor. As well as providing significant reductions in weight, power consumption, footprint and substantial increase in interrogation speed, the proposed development has diverse spin-off applications. The military applications are with the tactical and law enforcement sector by enabling characterization of the ballistic impact on military personnel protective tools, including helmets, body armor and vests. Improved body armor increases the survivability of the military, the law enforcement and border patrol personnel. This technology will provide real-time ballistic impact detection on various army lightweight vehicles including JLTV, MMWV, and MRAP

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