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Novel Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
62065
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-00562
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Cara Plastics
1 Innovation Way, Ste. 301 Newark, DE 19711
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Novel Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2003-33610-13054
Award Amount: $75,000.00
 

Abstract:

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Composites today are based on petroleum-based polymers and energy intensive fiber glass. Our dependency on petroleum results in carbon dioxide emissions, which can be harmful to the environment. The purpose of this project is to prepare and test specific resins from natural oils for their compatibility with natural fibers, and the properties necessary for structural applications of composites made from utilizing these bio-resins and bio-fibers in the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process. If this project is successful, the resultant composites will find application in a wide variety of end-uses from automotive to housing to packaging. These composites will reduce our dependency on petroleum and result in a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Principal Investigator:

Richard B. Chapas
9125711552
rich.chapas@caraplastics.com

Business Contact:

Richard B. Chapas
Chief Operating Officer
3026227070
rich.chapas@caraplastics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cara Plastics
1 Innovation Way, Ste. 301 Newark, DE 19711

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No