Novel Adhesives Innovation Through Forward Looking Specifications Requirements and Database Implementation

Report No. ARL-RP-324
Authors: Wendy Kosik; Richard Squillacioti; Wayne Ziegler; Jared Gardner; Robert Jensen
Date/Pages: June 2011; 8 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Defense is tasked to respond to a wide range of asymmetric threats with speed and efficiency. Historically, the time required for moving new materials and processing technologies from research to application is roughly 40 years. The Department of the Army is actively moving toward a culture of innovation where experimentation and prudent risk taking are not only encouraged but admired.

Advanced materials are the foundation to the performance of complex armor and weapon systems that are often tailored to defeat specific threats. Adhesive failure is detrimental to both structural and ballistic performance. Understanding the adhesive response during a ballistic event is vital for rapid response armor design solutions.

The goals of this research are as follows: (1) use materials informatics to efficiently capture, organize, and explore adhesives structure-property-performance relationships; (2) define adhesive performance specifications for composite integral armor applications; and (3) transform the Army's ability to carry out adhesive engineering, modeling, and simulation research, with a primary focus on high-rate loading. This vision will accelerate delivery of technical capabilities to win current and future fights via materials informatics.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2011