Innovative Processing of Multifunctional Composite Armor for Ground Vehicles (P0G01-927)

Period of Performance: 02/01/2000 - 08/01/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Materials Sciences Corp.
135 Rock Road Array
Horsham, PA 19044
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Multifunctional armor systems have shown great promise for use in Army combat systems requiring ballistic, blast, electromagnetic and fire protection. The application of these multi-layered composite systems would benefit from accurate and verified predictive design tools to optimize material performance at minimum cost. The purpose of the proposed Phase I SBIR program will be to develop and demonstrate an integrated design and processing procedure for fabrication of various multifunctional armor systems that provide improvements in cost, weight, damage tolerance, and repairability. Materials Sciences Corporation will team with the University of Delaware - Center of Composite Materials (UD-CCM) to create such an integrated cost-effective procedure for design, development and fabrication of multifunctional armors. This team possesses a thorough knowledge of the state-of-the-art in composite mechanics, material processing and fabrication technology. This program will establish an efficient analysis methodology to perform ballistic/blast dynamic analysis to evaluate and design potential armor systems to promote high ballistic/blast resistance and structural efficiency. The pre-manufacturing analysis will provide guidelines for enhancement of an innovative resin transfer molding process currently under developing at UD-CCM. A series of ballistic target plates will be designed, fabricated and tested for concept verification. BENEFITS: This research will provide an integrated procedure for designing and fabricating armor system with a variety of protection levels for the ballistics/blast armor market. Applications will include both military and civil markets. The military market includes armored ground combat vehicles, surface ships, aircraft, and shelters. The civil market includes armored security vehicles, blast resistant cargo containers, blast barriers for infrastructure, and personnel armors.