SELF SEALING/LOW VULNERABILITY AIRCRAFT TIRE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5548
Amount: $45,369.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Arnco
4071 S Access Rd, Chattanooga, TN, 37406
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 RICHARD W YOUNG
 (615) 622-3914
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE DESIRABILITY AND PRACTICALITY OF A SELF-SEALING TIRE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE SEVERAL APPROACHES TO THIS PROBLEM AVAILABLE IN THE MARKETPLACE. HOWEVER, THE AVAILABLE SYSTEMS CAN ONLY PROVIDE PUNCTURE PROTECTION IN THE TREND AREA OF THE TIRE. THIS IS NOT ADEQUATE FOR MILITARY PURPOSES WHERE PROTECTION MUST BE PROVIDED OVER THE ENTIRE SURFACE OF THE TIRE CASING. IN ADDITION, THE CURRENT SYSTEMS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. ARNCO HAS DEVELOPED, AND SUCCESSFULLY TESTED, A SELF-SEALING POLYURETHANE TIRE LINING SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL OVER-THE-ROAD VEHICLES THAT IS PROOF AGAINST PUNCTURES UP TO 7.5MM IN DIAMETER. THE SYSTEM IS INEXPENSIVE IN USE AND THE EQUIPMENT SIMPLE TO OPERATE. THE OBJECTIVEOF THIS PROGRAM IS TO EXPAND THIS SYSTEM TO ALLOW THE ENTIRE INNER SURFACE OF A TUBELESS AIRCRAFT TIRE CASING TO BE PROTECTED WITH A POLYURETHANE SELF-SEALING LINING MATERIAL. IN ADDITION WE EXPECT TO DEMONSTRATE A CONSIDERABLE COST SAVING IN RELATION TO PRODUCTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE OR PROPOSED TO THE MILITARY.

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