Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-M-0076
Agency Tracking Number: N022-1436
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
109 MacKenan Drive, Cary, NC, 27511
DUNS: 030936335
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Dickinson
 Director Product Developm
 (919) 481-2500
Business Contact
 Andrew Watson
Title: Corp Secretary
Phone: (919) 481-2500
Email: watsona@3tex.com
Research Institution
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.

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