Integral Fuel Tank Self-sealing Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: N12A-001-0137
Amount: $499,046.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N12A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
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
 University of Dayton Research Insti
 Matthew Willenbrink
 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469-0160
 (937) 229-2113
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The opportunity presented under this program is to develop a next-generation, self-sealing technology that can impart self-sealing capability to the most vulnerable areas of integral aircraft fuel tanks. Targeted application of the self-sealing materials will reduce the weight and fuel-volume penalty associated with conventional fuel bladder constructions. Under the Phase I program, the technical feasibility of developing lightweight, self-sealing laminate panels to support integral fuel tank protection was demonstrated. The Phase I laminates sealed straight and partially tumbled .50 caliber impacts in less than 2 minutes, even in the presence of tank petalling and fragmentation, which should be anticipated in integral fuel tank applications. Self-sealing capability was demonstrated against conventional aviation fuels as well as 50/50 blends with alternative aviation fuels. While the self-sealing materials are novel, the laminate constructions can be fabricated using manufacturing methods and materials that have proven efficacy in self-sealing fuel bladder applications conforming to MIL-DTL-5576D performance specifications. The objective of the Phase II program is to fully develop the self-sealing laminate constructions for integral fuel tank applications. Key Phase II efforts include demonstrating commercial manufacturing capability, developing and demonstrating product installation, demonstrating sub-system level threat protection performance (MIL-DTL-5576D Protection Level A,<2 minutes sealing against conventional and next-generation fuel blend), and demonstrating capability to meet operational and service life requirements.

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