Biomaterial Energy Dissipating Structures (BEDS)
ID: HR0011SB20244-03Type: BOTH


Biomaterial Energy Dissipating Structures (BEDS)


Department of DefenseN/A


Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024
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    Release Oct 3, 2023 12:00 AM
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    Open Oct 3, 2023 12:00 AM
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    Next Submission Due Mar 31, 2025 12:00 AM
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    Close Mar 31, 2025 12:00 AM

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic "Biomaterial Energy Dissipating Structures (BEDS)" as part of the SBIR program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is specifically interested in developing novel energy-dissipating biomaterial structures to enhance materiel and equipment airdrop capabilities. The current technology, which uses honeycomb cardboard pads, has limitations that can reduce the effectiveness of airdropped equipment. DARPA is looking for new biomaterial structures that can dissipate high levels of energy per unit mass and meet specific performance metrics. The structures must be at least 98wt% wood or other biodegradable plant-based material, have low projected costs for full-scale production, and pass various dynamic crushing stress and rebound energy tests. The project will be conducted in two phases, with Phase I focusing on achieving the specified mechanical properties of the structures within a six-month timeframe. Phase II will involve scale-up and mechanical properties testing, with the option for further scale-up and mass production in Phase II Option I. The ultimate goal is to develop energy-dissipating structures that can be used not only in airdropped materiel protection but also in various commercial applications such as truck trailers, shipping containers, packaging material, and building material for temporary structures. The solicitation is currently open, and the application due date is March 31, 2025. For more information, visit the SBIR topic link or the solicitation agency website.

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