Kennon Products Inc, out of Sheridan, Wyoming, has received funding to help them research and develop a system that would reduce injuries of military members involved in underbody, blast, rollover and crash events. The Wyoming Business Council said Kennon is working to develop an impact-absorbing material system that could be installed in the interiors and headlining areas of combat tactical vehicles.

Kennon received a Phase O Wyoming Small Business Innovative Research\Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR\STTR ) Initiative award to pursue a Department of Defense (DOD) Army award. The funding will allow Kennon engineers to work with the University of Wyoming Mechanical Engineering faculty to develop and test the proposed advanced material system. It will also allow engineers to develop computer models that will provide protective design tools for other military applications that suffer from impact related damage.

Mark Weitz, Vice President of Research and Development at Kennon, said the company has developed technologies under previous SBIR projects for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) that will readily be adaptable to the new application.