Materials for Suppression of Shock Propagation

Period of Performance: 11/27/1989 - 11/27/1991

$494K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cemcom Research Assoc., Inc.
1919 HALETHORPE FARMS ROAD
Baltimore, MD 21227
Principal Investigator

Abstract

THIS PHASE II SBIR PROPOSAL OUTLINES THE RESULTS OF THE SUCCESSFUL PHASE I EFFORT, AND DESCRIBES THE POTENTIAL OF CHEMICALLY BONDED CERAMIC (CBC) MATERIALS FOR USE AS LOW DENSITY EXPLOSIVE PACKAGING TO PREVENT SYMPATHETIC DETONATION OF MK-80 SERIES GENERAL PURPOSE BOMBS. DURING THE PRELIMINARY STUDIES IN PHASE I, CBC MATERIALS WERE DEVELOPED AND SHOWN TO BE ONE OF THE BEST BLAST ATTENUATION MATERIALS TESTED TO DATE, ON BOTH A WEIGHT EFFICIENCY AND A SPACE EFFICIENCY. THE MATERIAL IS LOW DENSITY, NON-FLAMMABLE, AND IS EASILY FORMED AND FABRICATED FROM LOW COST RAW MATERIALS. THE MORE COMPREHENSIVE PHASE II PROGRAM WILL DEVELOP CBC MATERIALS, WHICH WILL BE OPTIMIZED WITH RESPECT TO LOGISTIC REQUIREMENTS, SHOCK ATTENUATION CAPACITY, AND FRAGMENT CATCHING ABILITY. THE ANALYSIS OF THESE COMPOSITES WILL FORM A FOUNDATION FOR THE DESIGN OF EXPLOSIVE PACKAGING FOR SPECIFIC MILITARY APPLICATIONS. THIS WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD TO COMMERCIALIZATION DURING PHASE III.