Development of enhanced active damping system for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$749,638.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
H92222-06-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number:
N043-192-0469
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ACTIVE SHOCK, INC.
3 Perimeter Rd., Manchester, NH, 03103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101731227
Principal Investigator:
John LaPlante
Chief Technology Officer
(603) 627-8547
jlaplante@activeshock.com
Business Contact:
Bill Larkins
President
(603) 627-8547
blarkins@activeshock.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A semi-active suspension upgrade kit for the SOCOM up-armored HMWWV will be developed that will achieve comparable performance for the entire weight range of a GMV: 8300lbs curb weight to 14,500lbs combat loaded. The baseline performance requirement is equivalent handling, stability and ride quality as an M1113 HMMWV at rated GVW. A dynamic model that incorporates the semi-active suspension into a full body HMMWV model will be used to validate the performance benefits predicted in Phase I. Extensive performance and durability testing will be conducted on both laboratory test rigs and road courses. A Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) will be conducted to identify potential faults and generate strategies for fault mitigation. Operator feedback methodology as well as diagnostics tools for use by maintenance personnel will be developed based on the FMEA. A redesign for production effort will provide a means of incorporating feedback from testing and the FMEA into the final production ready design as well as examining the prototype design for weight, complexity and cost reduction. An economic analysis will be performed to predict the total life cycle costs for both new vehicle builds and retrofit installations.

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