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Thermally Stable Nano-Reinforced Materials for Space Radar Reflectors

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78791
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-259-3099
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026-3359
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Thermally Stable Nano-Reinforced Materials for Space Radar Reflectors
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-06-M-0193
Award Amount: $99,887.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase I SBIR program will assess the suitability of using nano-reinforced polymer resins in carbon-fiber-reinforced composite materials for the reflective surface of advanced large-aperture space radar and/or communication reflectors. These materials will provide high thermal stability and precision, as well as a solid - non-porous - reflective surface, making them far superior to metallic mesh membrane materials used in current deployable reflector systems. Furthermore, the materials will be thin and flexible enough (in bending) to be compatible with the type of deployment mechanisms currently used and envisioned for large-aperture mesh reflectors. Test coupons of composite matrices reinforced using vapor grown carbon nanofibers and other nano materials will be evaluated based on thermal expansion coefficient, strain-to-failure, and creep performance under high-strain furled conditions. Material processing and manufacturing will be demonstrated through the fabrication of a nano-reinforced subscale antenna model.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Taylor
Lead Engineer
3036640394
robert.taylor@ctd-materials.com

Business Contact:

Naseem A. Munshi
President
3036640394
naseem@ctd-materials.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, INC.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 841086947
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No