Authors: J.L. Zunino III., H.C. Lim
Affilation: US Army ARDEC, United States
Pages: 194 - 198
Keywords: MEMS, sensors, nanotechnology, army
The US Army is transforming into a lighter yet more lethal “objective force”, all while fighting wars in the Middle East. Therefore, advanced technologies and materials are being developed and integrated into current and future weapon systems. These weapon systems must be deployable, be 70% lighter and 50% smaller than current armored combat systems, while maintaining equivalent lethality and survivability. To meet these requirements Army scientists and engineers are capitalizing on new technological breakthroughs. Members of US Army ARDEC are developing active materials and sensor systems for use on various military platforms, incorporating unique properties such as self repair, selective removal, corrosion resistance, sensing, ability to modify coatings’ physical properties, colorizing, and alerting logistics staff when weapon systems require more extensive repair. The ability to custom design and integrate novel technologies into functionalized systems is the driving force towards the creation and advancement of active systems. Active systems require the development and advancement of numerous technologies across various energy domains (e.g. electrical, mechanical, chemical, optical, biological, etc.). These active systems are being utilized for condition based maintenance, battlefield damage assessment, ammunition assurance & safety, and other military applications.