Ballistic and blast-resistant air tanks made of advanced elastomeric coating

Materials Military Technology

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) led by Dr. Mike Roland have invented a new pressure vessel design featuring a novel elastomeric coating containing hollow ceramic spheres and a fiber-reinforced overwrap technology.

As a breathing air tank, the Navy’s new pressure vessels are significantly lighter than conventional air tanks used by recreational, commercial, and military scuba divers, while providing the same capacity and enhanced safety.

Patent Illustration of the Pressure Vessel

Applications of the technology may also include hydrogen fuel cells for autonomous or remotely-piloted vehicles.

The patent-pending invention is available to businesses that would make, use, or sell commercially via a patent license agreement.

Test data may be available to companies evaluating the technology for its commercial potential.

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