NASA SBIR 01-1 Solicitation

FORM 9B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: A1.02-9278 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 012721 )
PROPOSAL TITLE:
Improved Crashworthy Aircraft Seat Design

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
An innovative approach for passenger aircraft seat and restraint system design for improved occupant protection is proposed. The innovation consists of using metal/honeycomb composites for the seat legs and a tailored stiffness characteristic for the seat back tilt. Using advanced dynamic finite element modeling for the seat/occupant system under crash impulse loads, the seat design will be optimized and a preliminary design will be developed for improved safety. The finite element model will be validated using existing seat test data from the manufacturer. (P-01566)




POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The successful Phase I program will provide a solid foundation for a Phase II research and development effort. Prototype seat designs derived from this research will be manufactured with cooperation from subcontractors. Use of lightweight metal/composite materials, special seatback stiffness characteristics and inflatable lap belts to mitigate injuries during aircraft accidents will help the airline industry and seat manufacturers to promote better safety standards.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Kash Kasturi
Foster-Miller, Inc.
350 Second Ave.
Waltham , MA   02451 - 1196

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Foster-Miller, Inc.
350 Second Ave.
Waltham , MA   02451 - 1196


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