Enhanced Environmental Performance for Safety Glass – Phase III

NCMS Project #: 140913

Problem: There is no known repair process so damaged transparent armor requires replacement, which increases the maintenance, logistical, and lifecycle costs to the Army. The same problems plague commercial armored vehicle manufacturers as well auto, bus, and truck manufacturers. In addition, delamination issues exist in heavy truck and commercial armored vehicle applications.

Benefit: The results from this project will better equip commercial industry to produce high quality glass-laminate safety glass at an affordable price. This includes applications such as vehicles transporting government and private industry dignitaries; protective screening for bank tellers, convenience store clerks, and law enforcement personnel; and in industrial situations where workers are subjected to a volatile/explosive manufacturing environment.

Solution/Approach: Through the prior phases of this effort, mitigating rock strike damage and root causes of delamination related to environmental factors during manufacturing were investigated. Phase III will build on this prior effort, particularly by investigating material and manufacturing-related sources of delamination and alternate constructs that are less prone to delamination.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Reduce scrap and time to replace windshields through maintenance efforts
  • Repair options and procedures
  • Extend maintenance cycle times
  • Enhance readiness

DoD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TARDEC

Industry Participation:

  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Oakland University
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turnaround time
  • Mx avoidance & reliability
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement