Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-12-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4947
Amount: $1,048,771.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-059
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Doyle Motes
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 dmotes@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The deployment of the C-RAM weapon system in and around urban/suburban has increased the desire of the Army to have the ability to"dial in"a velocity to guns for response to a wider range of scenarios. Responding to this request, TRI/Austin will build upon its successful electro-thermal gun and projectile program and proposes designing, fabricating, and testing an electro-thermal chemical launcher capable of operating on air or a hybrid liquid working fluid as a feasibility test-bed for larger caliber launchers that will evolve into a replacement/upgrade for C-RAM. TRI/Austin will team with the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, with a world class pulsed power facility and gun range for testing the prototype design. Projectiles up to .45 caliber in electrically conductive and non-conductive materials will be tested at up to C-RAM velocities (1,030 m/s). Research and development will be conducted to shrink the propellant mechanism down to a one-use cartridge. This program has the potential to increase soldier safety (removal of propellant) and serve as a template for exploring modification to additional gun systems to achieve variable velocity.

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