Army R&D center solves Marine dilemma, receives patent award

ARDEC engineer Matthew Hummers uses pieces of cardboard to determine the best configuration for armor protection.

The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and seven ARDEC engineers will receive 2011 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards for the invention, “Blast Shield for Armored Vehicle.”

ARDEC engineers Thomas Kiel, Allen Brokaw, Frank Petrosillo, Katrina Tubayan, Matthew Hummers, Ryan Hooke, and Kirk Deligiannis will receive a patent award in the defense category for the award, which will be presented Nov. 10 by the R&D Council of New Jersey at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.

“The team understands the manufacturing science of armor,” said Kiel. It is composed of experts in geometric modeling, material and manufacturing analysis and fabrication.

The Picatinny Blast Shield is an armored kit that protects the vehicle commander and 25mm gunner in the Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle (LAV). The kit is positioned on the turret of the vehicle to protect the Marines who operate outside of the hatches.

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