Lightweight Fiber Reinforced Transparent Composites for Armored Ground/Sea Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1118
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-073-0910
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-073
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
1105 Hauck Dr., Rolla, MO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
057679600
Principal Investigator:
Ming Luo
Manager, R&D
(573) 281-4526
mluox@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Hai Xiao
President
(573) 281-4526
hishall@yahoo.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The main objective of this work is to develop and commercialize light-weight transparent composites with high tensile strength, toughness and impact resistance. Novel techniques will be developed for the design and manufacturing of these lightweight composite materials with improved blast resistance, energy absorbing capability and thermal properties. HABSonic LLC in collaboration with Missouri S & T will perform research on advanced materials for transparent composites. The optical transparency is achieved by modifying the refractive index of the resin matrix to match with the refractive index of the glass fiber. Different variables affecting the transparency during the resin processing and manufacturing will be optimized to produce transparent composites. Continuous fiber reinforced transparent composite panels of various orientations and thicknesses will be manufactured and evaluated to meet specific threat levels. The performance of the transparent composites will be studied by laboratory tests. The experimental results will also be validated with the finite element simulations. Optically transparent composites will find immediate application in military tactical vehicles. This program will meet the Navy"s need to develop superior transparent armor systems for force protection.

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