Modular Lightweight External Fuel Tank System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-13-C-0221
Agency Tracking Number: N102-108-0561
Amount: $599,721.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-108
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
DUNS: 877299446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 President
 (614) 797-2200
 kheater@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The primary objective of this SBIR program is to develop and demonstrate a lightweight, modular fuel tank design that meets the desired level of threat protection and operational performance, and is readily adaptable to future vehicle designs. In addition to the potential weight savings associated with replacing the existing EFV tank, cover, and structural panels, a modular construction was desired to support simple installation and removal from the vehicle. Key performance criteria include: 1) external load-bearing capability; 2) compatibility with the harsh operating conditions and dynamic environment anticipated for advanced amphibious assault vehicles (AAAVs); 3) survivability after impact from RPG type munitions, larger API projectiles (e.g., 14.5 mm), and fragmenting munitions, as well as the hydrodynamic ram forces created by threat impact; and 4) self-sealing against any voids created by these munitions to support fuel containment and reduce the threat from reduce fire/explosion.

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