Tactical Vehicle Underbody Blast Energy Absorber Kit

Period of Performance: 12/16/2008 - 02/16/2010


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cellular Materials International, Inc.
1200 Five Springs Road, Suite 201
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Principal Investigator


CMI proposes a MicroTrussTM armor solution which is capable of absorbing at least 30% of a blast equivalent to a STANAG 4569 Level 2 Blast (6 kg of explosives detonated under the center of the vehicle at a standoff of 16 , or roughly equal to the clearance height of a Humvee less the depth of the proposed armor solution). By absorbing this blast energy, the armor will minimize damage to the vehicle skin and reduce the vertical lift and the internal g-forces. This armor solution will weigh less than 20 psf and will be able to be produced cost-effectively.