Bimetal Gun Barrels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$1,005,236.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
H2222-13-C-0040
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-004-0680a
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-004
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
3921 Academy Parkway North, NE, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
055145320
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Taylor
Explosive Cladding Manage
(505) 342-4428
dtaylor@tplinc.com
Business Contact:
Rodney Kreutzian
Contracts Manager
(505) 342-4471
rkreutzian@tplinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Thermally stable machine gun barrels that exceed current barrel life, reduce dispersion, and allow higher or longer sustained rates of fire, require erosion-resistant, high temperature materials and techniques to integrate them. The goal of this program is to eliminate the need to carry extra barrels and change them in combat. The ideal barrel would consist of a high temperature alloy with a strongly-bonded, erosion-resistant liner. TPL"s Barrel Armor technology was developed to explosively weld refractory liners to medium and large caliber barrels. In Phase I, TPL demonstrated the ability to adapt its Barrel Armor technology to small caliber gun barrelsa clad M240 barrel was made and test fired. In Phase II, TPL will extend this technology to explosively weld refractory liners to high temperature alloys. The refractory liners are not only erosion resistant to reduce bore wear; they also help to insulate the barrel from heat. Even so, alloys with higher temperature capabilities than steel will be used as the primary barrel material, and TPL"s cladding technology will permanently bond the liner to the barrel. Prototype barrel blanks will be made and machined into ready-to-fire machinegun barrels. The prototypes will be subjected to live firing tests to demonstrate their increased abilities over currently fielded machinegun barrels.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government