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SRA 3: Multiple Blast and Ballistic Threats Materials Damage, Human Injury Mechanisms, and Lightweight Protective Systems

The aim of SRA3 is to develop new, lighter weight protective materials systems for improved protection from blast, ballistic, and blunt trauma, as well as to obtain increased understanding of materials failure and human injury due to blast and other forms of mechanical energy. This understanding is in turn used to guide the design and formulation of novel protective materials with potential applications for the dismounted and the mounted Soldier.


Theme 3.1: Nano-engineered Composites and Fibers for Ballistic, Blast, and Blunt Trauma Protection

  • Project 3.1.1: Nanocomposite Metamaterial Architectures for Guiding Energy Dissipation & Wave Propagation

    Theme 3.2: Metallic Alloys, Fibers, and Fabrics for Protection and High-Capacity Mechanical Energy Damping

  • Project 3.2.1: Layered /Graded Nanocrystalline & Superelastic-Fiber Alloys for Lightweight Protection

    Theme 3.3: Blast-Induced Injury Physical Mechanisms, Biological Responses, and Physiological Outcomes

  • Project 3.3.1: Blast-Induced TBI Connections Among the Physical, Biological, and Behavioral Dimensions
  • Project 3.3.2: Electromechanical Interactions in Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Project 3.3.3: Molecular to Macroscale Exploration of Fundamental Properties of Gels
  • Project 3.3.4: Predictive Multi-scale Deformation and Injury of Soft Tissues

    Theme 3.4: Multi-scale Modeling, Simulation, and Measurements of Blast and Ballistic Damage to Protective Materials and Systems

  • Project 3.4.1: Advanced Computational Tools for Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation of Multi-Threat Protective Systems
  • Project 3.4.2: High-Performance Woven Fabrics & Woven Reinforced Composites for Soldier Protective Systems

    Theme 3.5: Advanced Concepts for Lightweight, Flexible Protection Materials

  • Project 3.5.1: Biological and Bio-inspired Reconfigurable Flexible & Protective Joints
  • Project 3.5.2: Design and Synthesis of Carbon-based Chainmaille Structures for Flexible, Ultra-lightweight Protection

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