Advanced Fire-Retarded Explosive Resistant Elastomers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-C-0364
Agency Tracking Number: N045-015-0001
Amount: $499,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T015
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5428 Deerbrooke Creek Circle, Suite 21, Tampa, FL, 33624
DUNS: 138122069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Akbar G Fard
 Principal Scientist
 (813) 963-2142
Business Contact
 Akbar Fard
Title: President
Phone: (813) 963-2142
Research Institution
 Scott Mullin
 6220 Culebra Road, 3400 N. Charles Street
San Antonio, TX, 78238
 (210) 522-2340
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Advanced Materials Technology, Inc responds to the Navy need to develop novel explosive resistant materials. These materials can be applied to ship structures to provide blast protection and mitigate damages from fragmentation. The proposed lightweight technology can also be used in advanced blast packaging systems to contain or mitigate blast effects of an accidentally detonated weapon. These materials must meet the Navy shipboard fire, smoke, and toxicity requirements. We will continue to use the technical approaches that have shown tremendous potential during the successful Phase I effort. Our approach will be based on the development, fabrication, and characterization of polyurea/clay (montmorillonite) nanocomposites. These novel materials will have `tunable' properties though optimizing polymer characteristics, nanoparticles dispersion, and processing parameters. We will conduct extensive fire, smoke, and toxicity evaluation, mechanical characterization at high strain rates using SHPB, and blast testing. The proposed Phase II program is designed as a comprehensive 2 ½ year effort to further develop the significant innovations demonstrated in the Phase I program. The proposed effort will further enhance and optimize polyurea nanocomposites, scale up the optimized materials, and culminate in the fabrication of prototype materials to demonstrate the readiness and maturity of our techniques.

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