The Kennon Products company of Sheridan has received funding to help research and develop a system that would reduce injuries of military members involved in an under-body blast, rollover or crash.
According to a release from the Wyoming Business Council, the company received $5,000 to pursue a contract with the Department of Defense from the Small Business Innovative Research initiative. The award is sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council and administered by the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development.
The Business Council is a state government agency that concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups.
The funding will allow the company's engineers to work with engineering faculty at the university to develop and test a proposed advanced material system, as well as develop computer models that will provide predictive design tools for other military applications that receive impact related damage.
More specifically, according to the release, Kennon is working to develop an impact absorbing material system that would be installed in the interiors and headlining areas of combat tactical vehicles. The headlining system would be used to reduce head and neck injuries, due to collision with the ceiling during impact.
Mark Weitz is the vice president of research and development at Kennon. He said the company has developed technologies under previous Small Business research initiative projects. He said they enjoy developing advanced material systems and he hopes the company's previous work will give the company a competitive advantage.