Improved Crashworthy Seating for Naval Helicopters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-04-P-0584
Agency Tracking Number: N041-008-0015
Amount: $69,927.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-008
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
ARMORWORKS, INC.
7306 S. Harl Avenue, Tempe, AZ, 85283
DUNS: 961353422
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ken-An Lou
 R&D Manager
 (480) 517-1150
 ken.lou@armorworks.com
Business Contact
 William Perciballi
Title: President
Phone: (480) 517-1150
Email: bill@armorworks.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I program would examine the feasibility of developing a lightweight energy-attenuating troop seating system 10 pounds or less that meets naval injury tolerance standard. The effort will focus on designing and examining the major load-bearing components of the seat to determine which components might be optimized through the use of lightweight materials. Also, ArmorWorks will develop and evaluate differnet energy absorbing concepts that have been suggested and developed to provide the best possible crash protection to occupants weighting 140-240 pounds. Emphasis will be placed on efficient energy attenuation processes requiring possible shorter strokes, and keeping weight of energy absorber system to a minimum to protect all troop population. This SBIR Phase I will yield a quantitative set of seat design guidelines and models that can be implemented to military helicopter and civil rotorcraft. Later, Phase II studies could include more engineering development, prototype seat static, and dynamic crash impact tests.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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