3WEAVE-COMPOSITE/CELLULAR-METAL BLAST PROTECTION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-03-M-0076
Award Id:
64711
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-1436
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
109 MacKenan Drive, Cary, NC, 27511
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030936335
Principal Investigator:
LarryDickinson
Director Product Developm
(919) 481-2500
dickinsonl@3tex.com
Business Contact:
AndrewWatson
Corp Secretary
(919) 481-2500
watsona@3tex.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Shipboard structures such as aircraft hangars, masts, antennae cable trunks, etc. need armor protection against blast and ballistic events associated with a terrorist or other asymmetric attack. These structures benefit from the use of lightweight energyabsorbing materials. 3TEX will develop a 3D-woven-composite/cellular-metal armor system. The new material/armor technology is based on 3WEAVE 3D weaving for the reinforcement of the FRP composite, and innovative cellular metal materials. 3WEAVE compositeshave been shown to provide superior multi-hit performance at lower weight in hard faced armor systems. Using a combination of design-build-test and detailed material level analysis, the concept of 3WEAVE-composite/cellular-metal armor protection will bedemonstrated. This work will be accomplished with a project team that includes the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM), Cellular Materials International and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS). 3WEAVE-composite/cellular-metalarmor systems will be optimized and developed for specific Naval applications. Once proven, these materials can be retrofitted to existing shipboard structure and or implemented into new platforms such as the DDX. These materials will both carry thenecessary structural loads and provide required ballistic/blast protection, all at a lower weight than current state-of-the-art materials and armor systems.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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