Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$734,066.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-12-C-0030
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4963
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-059
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
195754056
Principal Investigator:
Nate Selden
Scientist
(626) 471-9700
nate.selden@tanner.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Dinniene
CFO
(626) 471-9778
kevin@tanner.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Tanner Research will develop and demonstrate a prototype electric gun utilizing water as a working fluid. The baseline hybrid electric gun will be adapted from a compact high energy kinetic plasma generation technology available at Tanner, modified for the larger projectile velocity requirements of the solicitation. Specifically, the R & D work will focus on expanding the performance of the Phase I prototype from greater than 900 fps to accelerating a ~42gram projectile mass to greater than 3500fps. In Phase II, Tanner Research will demonstrate that the consistent and repeatable performance of Tanner"s proprietary technology can be scaled from its current state for use at higher stored energies. Performance of the prototype will be compared to the current state-of-the-art, where useful performance trends have already been developed. Design optimizations will be identified for the Phase III contract extension and development into a TRL 5 brass board prototype. Tanner will utilize COTS integration strategies to realize the needed size, weight, power, electrical energy storage and operational range requirements whenever possible.

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