Improved Tire Technology for Special Operations Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-14-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0188
Amount: $1,648,849.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM11-004
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
934 Grant Street, #101, Akron, OH, 44311
DUNS: 114164234
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Abraham Pannikottu
 Operations Manager, AEG
 (330) 375-1975
Business Contact
 Jon Gerhardt
Title: Technical Director
Phone: (330) 375-1975
Research Institution
American Engineering Group (AEG) will study the feasibility of utilizing carbon-fiber multiple hoop technology in developing a zero-pressure tire-wheel system. AEG will conduct feasibility study to develop this technology to produce a high-speed, off-road tire that can survive terrain and ballistic threats. AEG will work with Goodyear Tire Company (Akron, Ohio) & Community Tire(St Louis, MO) on the manufacturing and scalability of this technology in Phase III. American Engineering Groups Phase I design concept of the tire-wheel consists of multiple hoop underneath the tread. In turn, this combination gives a high level of adaptability and puncture proof operation in a variety of terrain while maintaining rolling resistance, ride, handling and other performance characteristics related to conventional pneumatic tires. This technology will eliminate the need for run-flat elastomer insert and provides ballistic capability. A key to this AEG unique design is the improved wheel and tread design that allows more efficient use of tire sidewall & tread carbonfiber reinforcements. AEG proposes to further study, optimize and develop this zero-pressure wheel-tire concept to ultimately achieve a rugged zero-pressure wheel-tire system This Phase II will be a follow-on effort from the Phase I feasibility study on SOCOM11-004 entitled Improved Tire Technology for Special Operations Vehicles. This design will be evaluated and optimized based on military standards regarding performance, durability, manufacturability, and weight. AEG will develop and make prototype tires size LT265/65R17 and alternate size of LT245/45R17 with load rating for a minimum vehicle corner weight of 2500 lbs. AEG will make six (6) run-flat 17inch tires each from both sizes with wheel assemblies for a 2012 Toyota Hilux pickup truck.

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