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Company Information:

Company Name: Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
City: Dayton
State: OH
Zip+4: 45440-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.CRGrp.com
Phone: (937) 320-1877

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $7,830,646.00 87
SBIR Phase II $27,609,644.00 39
STTR Phase I $1,192,155.00 13
STTR Phase II $3,248,862.00 5

Award List:

High-Performance Glassy Liquid Crystal Optical Filters for Laser Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Patrick J. Hood
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
Glassy liquid crystals (GLCI represent a new emerging class of advanced organic materials which have significant potential for being readily processed into uniform optical quality thin films. In this proposal, we propose to develop high-performance optical filter and polarizer technology… More

High-Speed, Bistable Optical Switch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Patrick J. Hood
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
Optical switches are fundamental components of survivable fiber network architectures. They are required to enhance the performance of fiber optic networks through load shifting and to provide disaster recovery when communication links are lost. Optical networks will likely be employed in the next… More

SBIR Phase I: Dynamic Latching Add-Drop Multiplexer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Patrick Hood
Award Amount: $100,000.00

SBIR Phase I: Infrared Absorbing Structure Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Patrick Hood
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Self-Assembled Radiation Hardened Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Patrick Hood
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Electroactive Gels for a Deployable Adaptive Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator: Dr Patrick J Hood
Award Amount: $85,975.00
RI Contact: N/A

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Patrick J. Hood, President
Award Amount: $65,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chrysa Theodore, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $98,240.00
RI Contact: N/A

Deep-Core Photocuring of High-Performance Adhesives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chrysa Theodore, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The next generation of military aircraft is heavily dependent on advanced composite materials to achieve the necessary performance. Many of these materials exceptional thermal insulators and, in addition, are susceptible to damage by excessive heat. Theneed is recognized for a new approach to… More

Deep-Core Photocuring of High-Performance Adhesives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chrysa Theodore, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $742,218.00
Abstract:
The next generation of military aircraft is heavily dependent on advanced composite materials to achieve the necessary performance. Many of these materials exceptional thermal insulators and, in addition, are susceptible to damage by excessive heat. Theneed is recognized for a new approach to… More

Novel Rotomolding of Advanced Composites for Rocket Motor Cases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: D. Ernest Havens, R&D Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The future of enhanced tactical missile systems hinges on the development of significant innovative improvements in the manufacture of solid rocket motor casings. Leading engineers in the solid rocket motor industry believe further development with metalcases will not prove adequate. Current… More

Innovative Manufacturing of Novel, High-Performance Composites for Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: D.Ernest Havens, R & D Engineer
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
"Improving performance while reducing cost and weight of kinetic energy kill vehicles and components will require the development of several innovative improvements in materials, processing and manufacturing technologies. For example, many accepted rocketnozzle-manufacturing processes are labor… More

Oriented Nanofiber Film Adhesive

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chrysa Theodore, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
"Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to design, develop and characterize a novel, toughened adhesive system for damage tolerant joints. Joint bonding material must meet stringent mechanical and physical property standards to achieve thenecessary level of performance for aircraft… More

Secure Polymeric Printed Circuit Board System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Stacy, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Tamper resistant coatings and encapsulation methods are currently employed to deter any attempt at stealing defense electronics technology. However, these coatings are difficult to apply and add weight to the final assembly. Cornerstone Research Groupproposes to develop and apply novel polymer… More

Multi-Component Composites for Lightweight Space-Based Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tat H. Tong, Chief Scientist-Chemistry
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop a multi-component compositematerial system which will address the drawbacks of conventional materials andcurrent fabrication processes for space-based mirrors. Going beyond a simpletwo-component composite (resin plus woven fabric), this program… More

Covert Micro-Reflector Tags

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Rochester
Principal Investigator: Patrick J. Hood, Chief Scientist-Materials
Award Amount: $69,988.00
RI Contact: Donna Galloway
Abstract:
"Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., with the University of Rochester, proposes to develop a covert marking system based on dust-sized micro-reflector tags composed of a material with unique reflectance signatures not visible to the naked eye. These tagswill be coupled with an imaging sensor capable… More

Innovative Manufacturing of Novel, High-Performance Composites for Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: D. Ernest Havens, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
This program will fully develop Cornerstone Research Group's (CRG) novel resin transfer molding (RTM) technology to significantly adjust the cost-versus-performance tradeoff for composite Solid Rocket Motors (SRM). The CRG approach involves fulldevelopment of the novel RTM process technology to… More

Secure Polymeric Circuit Board System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Stacy, Vice President, Operation
Award Amount: $748,845.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop a Secure Polymeric Circuit Board System based on new materials in a three-part design: substrate, interconnection layer, and hard encapsulation. The new materials and circuit board design will advancethe state-of-the-art in circuit board tamper… More

Nanofiber Toughened Adhesives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chrysa M. Theodore, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,856.00
Abstract:
Joint bonding material must meet stringent mechanical and physical property standards to achieve the necessary level of performance for aircraft structures. The bonds will experience a variety of environmental and loading stresses, and appropriatetoughening of these bonds must be addressed. In… More

Composite Replica Mirrors for Lightweight Space Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen D. Vining, Director, Government Prog
Award Amount: $749,218.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop a multi-component composite material system and replica mirror fabrication technology which will address the drawbacks of conventional materials and fabrication processes for space-based mirrors.Completing development of materials demonstrated… More

Covert Micro-Reflector Tag System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ROCHESTER
Principal Investigator: Patrick J. Hood, Chief Scientist-Materials
Award Amount: $498,878.00
RI Contact: Donna Galloway
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop and demonstrate a full scale, operationally relevant prototype covert marking system based on dust-sized micro-reflector tags. Composed of a material with unique reflectance signatures not visible tothe naked eye, these tags will be coupled with… More

Conductive Liquid Crystalline Elastomer Composite For Aircraft Gap Treatment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: LIQUID CRYSTAL INSTITUTE
Principal Investigator: Tat Hung Tong, Chief Scientist-Chemistry
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Liang-Chy Chien
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. and Liquid Crystal Institute of Kent State University jointly propose to develop and demonstrate material technologies enabling conductive liquid crystalline elastomer composite for aircraft gap treatment. This programwill design and experimentally characterize… More

Manufacturing Oriented Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chrysa M. Theodore, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., (CRG) proposes to develop a high specific strength nano-reinforced material using high volume-fractions of reinforcements and a low-cost manufacturing process. This process will align the nanofibers and enablepre-stressing each individual nanofiber as in traditional… More

Shape Memory Polymer Self-Deploying Membrane Reflectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen D. Vining, Sys Engineer & Dir--Gover
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop and demonstrate technologies enabling self-deploying, self-supporting membrane mirrors for large, lightweight space-based reflector systems. This program will design and experimentally characterizemultiple candidate formulations to develop… More

Adaptive Wing Structures for LOCAAS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, R&D Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc., (CRG) will use our unique suite of smart materials technologies to prototype a structurally adaptive wing for integration with Lockheed Martin's Low Cost Autonomous Attack System (LOCAAS). We will use CRG's Shape MemoryPolymer (SMP), Dynamic Modulus Composites (DMC),… More

Production Technology for Replica Seeker Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Stephen D. Vining, Sys Engr & Dir, Gov Progr
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to integrate advanced materials and processes into a fabrication technology system addressing the drawbacks of conventional materials and fabrication processes for mirrors used in seeker optics forinterceptor missiles. In this new approach, mirrors… More

Polymer Bonded Rolling Diaphragms (BRD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Chrysa Theodore, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort, CRG will conduct a survey on several classes of elastomeric materials to identify promising candidates for use in composite tanks for gelled propellants. The promising elastomeric materials will be evaluated and screened withrespect to their thermal and mechanical properties… More

Integrated System for AAAV Seals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Chrysa Theodore, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to design and evaluate the components of an integrated seal design. Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAAV) have multiple armor and hatch seals. The primary function of these seals is to ensure watertightintegrity and EMI protection. The current… More

Polymeric Broadband Polarizing Beamsplitters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alison Thomas, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
The development of high-performance, broadband, polarizing beamsplitters is paramount to the evolution of future optical and communications systems that require the use of polarized light. Conventional polarizing beamsplitters are limited by small fields of view and narrow spectral regions.… More

Shape Memory Polymer Self-Deploying Membrane Reflectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen D. Vining
Award Amount: $749,981.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), will complete development and demonstration of technologies enabling self-deploying, self-supporting membrane mirrors for large, lightweight space-based reflector systems. Phase II R&D will optimize Phase I material formulations, yielding mature… More

Adaptive Wing Structures for Loitering Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Perkins
Award Amount: $749,978.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc., (CRG) will develop a structurally adaptive morphing wing to achieve a form-fit-improved function replacement wing structure for next generation loitering munitions. Adding aerodynamic morphing capability to loitering munitions increases aerodynamic efficiency,… More

Polymer Bonded Rolling Diaphragms (BRD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Chrysa Theodore, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $729,991.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop and demonstrate a full scale, operationally relevant prototype gelled propellant tank system based on polymer bonded rolling diaphragms (PBRD). Composed of polymeric materials compatible with gelled inhibited red fuming nitric acid (IRFNA)… More

Hierarchical Shape Recovery Polymer Nanocomposites (PNCs) for Next Generation Aerosystem Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tat H. Tong, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. proposes to develop hierarchical shape memory (recovery) polymer (SMP) nanocomposite material technologies and demonstrate their performance enhancement in terms of efficiency of energy recovery, extent of strain recovery, energy budget (power) necessary for… More

E-Beam Cured Materials for Composite Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Univ of Dyaton Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Greg Karst, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Robert P. Boehmer
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), and partner University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) will develop a suite of materials and processes as enabling technology for achieving the radical production time and cost reductions envisioned by the replication approach to producing composite… More

Reusable Shape Memory Polymer (SMP) Mandrels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew C. Everhart, Mgr. Manufacturing Tech.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group proposes a novel reusable mandrel system utilizing shape memory polymer (SMP). This technology leverages CRG's previous R&D from both commercial and governmental programs. In Phase I, CRG will develop a lab-scale prototype SMP mandrel system. The SMP mandrel will offer the… More

Novel Encapsulation Coatings for Thin Film Photovoltaics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Greg A. Karst, Advanced Materials Group
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) proposes to develop and evaluate a novel encapsulation coating that protects thin film photovoltaic (PV) cells for the High Altitude Airship (HAA). The High Altitude Airship (HAA) is an unmanned, powered airship that is currently being developed to maintain a… More

Bio-Inspired Sensor Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Tat H. Tong, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes the use of bio-inspired sensing concepts to develop novel, low cost polymer composite sensors for military as well as commercial applications. CRG will investigate the design and fabrication of sensors with the use of conducting polymer composite, and… More

Hierarchical Shape Recovery Polymer Nanocomposites (PNCs) for Next Generation Aerosystem Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tat Tong, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $749,977.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. will complete development of hierarchical shape memory (recovery) polymer (SMP) nanocomposite material technologies and demonstration of their performance characteristics in terms of efficiency of energy recovery, extent of strain recovery, stress during strain… More

Reusable Shape Memory Polymer (SMP) Mandrels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Rossi, Sr. Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,976.00
Abstract:
There is a current push for air vehicles that are faster, lighter, stronger, and less observable. Advanced composite materials offer a design solution for manufacturing the air vehicles of the future. Processes such as filament winding and fiber placement can currently produce high-tech composite… More

Reflexive Aero Structures for Enhanced Survivability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin A. Dietsch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop an advanced reflexive structure system to increase the survivability of aerostructures. This reflexive system will mimic the pain withdrawal reflex on which the human body relies. The proposed reflexive system will incorporate a continuous… More

Environmental Exposure Tracking Tags

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop inexpensive temperature and humidity sensing devices for tracking cumulative exposure that require no power. Cost estimations show high volume production may drive cost to less than ten cents a sensor. The base technology will allow sensors… More

Vectored-Thrust MAV for BIA Operations in Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to design and demonstrate a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) micro air vehicle (MAV) with vectored thrust for high maneuverability and platform stability. CRG will design and demonstrate a MAV providing the capabilities necessary for operating in… More

High-Performance Infrared Liquid Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: KENT STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Richard D. Hreha, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Carol M. Toncar
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to synthesize, formulate, and characterize novel high performance liquid crystal material systems for use in enhanced performance active or passive infrared (IR) modulators and filtering devices, such as IR laser protective filters, liquid crystal… More

Smart, Rapid Release Fasteners for Appliqu¿ Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin A. Dietsch, Group Mgr, Application Engineering
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative smart fastener design. Novel armor fastening technologies must be developed for next-generation composite armor. These fastening systems must be quick and easy to install and… More

Rigidized Inflatable Veritex(TM) Structured For RF Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Stephen D. Vining, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group inc. (CRG) proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of a lightweight, deployable Veritex TM supporting annulus structure to support large radio frequency (RF) antennas. VeritexTM composites are similar to other high-performance composites, with the exception that CRG's… More

SynLam(TM) Primary Mirror Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Vining, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), has developed sandwich core composite material (SynLam(TM)) and related fabrication technology to address the drawbacks of conventional materials and fabrication processes for space-based mirrors. The resulting technologies will directly address NASA's… More

Veritex(TM) Patches for Structural Repair and Re-Use

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ben A. Dietsch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop a bonded composite patch repair and re-use system based on CRG's VeritexTM materials. VeritexTM is a composite material consisting of common reinforcement fibers such as e-glass or carbon and one of CRG's shape memory polymers. VeritexTM is… More

Sialyte(TM)-Based Composite Pressure Vessels for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin A. Dietsch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
While traveling to Venus, electronics and instruments go through enormous pressure, temperature, and atmospheric environment changes. In the past, this has caused problems with the life expectancy of electronics and instruments. Cornerstone Research Group, CRG, proposes to develop a… More

Nickel-Syntactic Hybrid Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Stephen D. Vining, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Susan Ross
Abstract:
Astronomers strive to see farther and farther into the cosmos. These increased observation distances will gain access to a wealth of information that will enable a better understanding of the universe, and the origins of Earth. To gain these distances larger aperture telescopes are required. … More

Environmental Exposure Tracking Tags

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: D. E. Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II effort, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to demonstrate the capability to design and manufacture a wide range of cumulative thermal and humidity exposure sensors. These sensors will range from inexpensive (< $0.10/ea.) visual readout to remotely interrogated sensors… More

Vectored-Thrust MAV for BDI Operations in Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,990.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to design and demonstrate a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) micro air vehicle (MAV) with vectored thrust for high maneuverability and platform stability. CRG will design and demonstrate a MAV providing the capabilities necessary for operating in… More

Reflexive Aero Structures for Enhanced Survivability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Dietsch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $594,377.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) will develop an advanced reflexive structure technology system to increase the survivability of future systems constructed of lightweight composite structures. Application of this innovation will apply to a broad selection of high performance systems ranging… More

Design Methodology for Attaching Morphing Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF COLORADO
Principal Investigator: Jason Hermiller, Manager, Future Systems G
Award Amount: $99,000.00
RI Contact: Ralph Brown
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) will establish the fundamental understanding of materials and mechanical interaction necessary to develop modeling capabilities and fabrication processes for fastening morphing skins. During Phase I, CRG… More

Light-Activated Shape Memory Composite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
RI Contact: Allen Dipalma
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) will develop light-activated composite materials technology. This development effort will enable the next generation of military vehicles to quickly and efficiently undergo dramatic reconfigurations as necessary to… More

Assured Sanitization of Stored Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Richard D. Hreha, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to evaluate and analytically validate the technical feasibility of three concepts for new materials and processes enabling data storage that can be discreetly sanitized by a mobile system operator under duress. In a manner analogous to burning paper… More

Fail-Safe Thermal Activation Components for Insensitive Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Matthew C. Everhart, Tech Leader for Composite Tooling
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes the development of heat-activated pressure venting mechanisms actuated by shape memory polymers (SMP) as a means for meeting insensitive munitions (IM) requirements for ammunition containers. SMP composite materials provide the same strength as… More

Anti-Tamper Diffusion Mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Optics Group Manager
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc (CRG), proposes to develop an anti-tamper system that uses a diffusion mechanism to destroy a semi-conductor component upon tamper detection. CRG will integrate and apply a variety of its advanced materials technologies in a layered component-level defense. The… More

Innovative Manufacturing of Hafnium Carbide Insulation Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to integrate MATECH's Hafnium Carbide (HfC) insulation system into CRG's innovative rotomolding manufacturing process in order to fabricate solid rocket motors with increased performance and improved manufacturability. CRG developed an innovative… More

Multiple Tamper Event Detection Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Benjamin A. Dietsch, Applications Engineering Gp Manager
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to design a novel multiple tamper detection and active anti-tamper (AT) scheme for use in new and existing weapon systems. A thorough understanding of tamper technologies in the industrial base is essential to developing new multi-mode detection… More

High-Performance Blast/Fire Resistant Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard D. Hreha, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
CRG proposes to develop a highly blast and fire resistant polymer coating to increase the ballistic performance of steel plating in military applications. CRG will accomplish this by synthesizing a new, inherently fire resistant monomer and formulating this with commercially available fire… More

Smart, Rapid Release Fasteners for Appliqué Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin A. Dietsch, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $729,963.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II effort, Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to demonstrate an integrated smart fastener design and armor system. Novel armor fastening technologies must be developed for next-generation composite armor. These fastening systems must be quick and easy to install and… More

Self-Deploying Gossamer Support Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert M. Schueler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,963.00
Abstract:
Phase I results demonstrated the feasibility of using shape memory polymer composites to deploy, tension and support gossamer antennas. Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) has completed the critical initial development steps for a deployable support structure meeting NASA's requirements for a… More

Conformal Electronics Coating Materials and Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Stacy, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to provide a complete conformal coating solution to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). CRG developed a conformal coating under a previous anti-tamper SBIR program. The manufacturing process and proprietary mixing procedures have been developed for this… More

Conformable, Compact Isolation System for Repairs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: D. Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
CRG proposes to demonstrate feasibility of an environmental boundary system to reduce the time and cost of performing composite repair. This technology will also increase the quality of the repair for composite parts on platforms, such as the V22, due to the ability to keep the repair area… More

Low Mass Aeroshell Deployment Mechanism

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Stephen L. Vining, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) will develop new shape memory polymer (SMP) deployment mechanisms for actuating thermal protective systems (TPS) panels to create a deployable large surface area aeroshell. This innovation will utilize VeriflexTM -- CRG's high performance SMP material -- to… More

Space-Qualifiable Cyanate Ester Elastomer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard S. Hreha, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to design and develop a space-qualifiable cyanate ester elastomer for application in self-deployable space structures and future aircraft systems. Having already demonstrated the feasibility of the current cyanate ester shape memory polymer (SMP) as a… More

Self-Erecting Communications Infrastructure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ernie P. Havens, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to significantly improve the performance of communication systems and networks for lunar and interplanetary exploration by engineering a novel communications tower using an emerging structures technology called VeritexTM. VeritexTM is a new structures… More

Innovative Manufacturing of Hafnium Carbide Insulation Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $999,997.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposed to fabricate solid rocket motors with increased erosion performance and improved manufacturability by integrating MATECH's zero-erosion Hafnium Carbide (HfC) insulation system into CRG's innovative rotomolding manufacturing process. These… More

Multiple-Tamper Event Detection Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Stacy, Program Manager, AT Techn
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to build on Phase I success by developing a novel multiple-tamper detection and active anti-tamper (AT) scheme for use in new and existing weapon systems. CRG's tamper-detection tool will be designed to detect and count intrusion events and then zero… More

Fail-Safe Thermal Activation Components for Insensitive Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric Traxler, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $999,994.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes the further development of heat-activated pressure venting mechanisms actuated by shape memory polymers (SMP) for meeting insensitive munitions (IM) requirements for ammunition containers and solid rocket motors. SMP composite materials provide the… More

Light-Activated Shape Memory Composite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $749,994.00
RI Contact: Allen DiPalma
Abstract:
Future systems such as morphing aircraft will adapt and reconfigure to accommodate mission needs. These shape changes must allow change while still bearing substantial loads. Fiber-reinforced composites are the preferred reinforcement materials due to their mechanical and lightweight properties… More

Assured Sanitization of Stored Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Richard D. Hreha, Technology Leader
Award Amount: $374,816.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. proposes to develop magnetic and optical data storage media whose data can be rendered forensically unrecoverable. This technology will enable data storage that can be discreetly sanitized by a system operator under duress. In a manner analogous to burning paper… More

Passively Adaptive Wing Structures for High Altitude, Long Endurance UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Tech Lead, Systems Engineering Div
Award Amount: $98,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop and demonstrate a passive, adaptive structure technology that will permit a HALE UAV wing structure to respond to gust loads by temporarily modifying its shape to reduce the gust load effects and maximum load requirements driving structural… More

High Performance Pulse Motor for Mission Flexibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Fisher, Prog Mgr, Propulsion Technology
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Although solid rocket motors (SRM) are ideally suited to many propulsion applications, their lack of controllability restricts their mission flexibility. Following ignition of an SRM's propellant grain, combustion continues until all propellant is consumed. Controllability of the motor's thrust… More

Morphing Resonators for Adaptive Noise Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Tech Lead, Systems Engineering Div
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to advance materials and processes for suppressing radiated noise in an aircraft engine nacelle. CRG seeks to eliminate the complexity of current active systems through the use of CRG's "smart" materials in shape memory polymer (SMP) based material… More

Conformal Electronics Coating Materials and Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Stacy, Sr Program Mgr, Special P
Award Amount: $524,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to provide a complete conformal coating solution to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). CRG developed a conformal coating under a previous anti-tamper SBIR program. The manufacturing process and proprietary mixing procedures have been developed for this… More

Space-Qualifiable Cyanate Ester Elastomer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Hreha, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,996.00
Abstract:
In Phase 1, CRG demonstrated the feasibility of a novel approach to prepare cyanate ester based elastomers. This approach polymerizes in-situ siloxane within a reactive elastomer precursor matrix in order to achieve an elastomeric material with highly tunable and desired mechanical properties. This… More

Volume Signature Mapping System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Stacy, Sr Program Mgr, Special Projects
Award Amount: $99,900.00
Abstract:
Significant advantages occur in cost reduction, technology maturity, and ease of implementation when using commercial-off-the-shelf components and systems boards in critical military applications. Because COTS components are well documented reverse engineering their contents is very straight… More

Reflexive Marine Systems for Autonomous Structural Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
CRG will develop and implement a composite structural solution with integrated structural health management capabilities enabling damage identification and mitigation through the pairing of three emerging technologies: structural health monitoring (SHM), healable polymer matrix composites, and… More

Optimization of Polyurea Coatings for Blast and Impact Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DAYTON
Principal Investigator: Richard D. Hreha, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Robert P. Boehmer
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to fully develop polyurea coatings for blast and impact resistance. Polyurea coatings show promise for increasing the blast and impact resistance of buildings and vehicles, but further development is necessary to ensure the success of these materials.… More

Shape Memory Polymer Bladder Tooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to demonstrate the benefits of shape memory polymer (SMP) bladder tooling for out-of-autoclave composite fabrication. CRG's SMP bladder tooling is a cutting edge technology that reduces labor costs and manufacturing time for fabricating complex… More

Design Methodology for Attaching Morphing Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF COLORADO
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,995.00
RI Contact: Loretta A. Negrete
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) will continue to establish the understanding of materials and mechanical interaction necessary to develop modeling capabilities, interface design, and fabrication processes for fastening morphing skins.… More

Adaptable Patient Litter System for Efficient and Modular Transport

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Tech Lead, Systems Engineering Div
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
CRG proposes to revolutionize the patient transport unit by developing a new patient transport platform and by integrating current state-of-the-art telemedic equipment in order to improve the quality of care and outcome for the patient and increase efficiency of patient transport. Although a… More

Conformable, Compact Isolation System for Repairs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Huelskamp, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,609.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to complete development and begin production of the isolation repair system previously developed in Phase I. This system will increase the readiness of Navy aircraft by decreasing the time needed to make necessary repairs. It will also limit repair… More

Low Mass Aeroshell Deployment Mechanism

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Fisher, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,980.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) will develop new shape memory polymer (SMP) deployment mechanisms for actuating thermal protection system (TPS) panels to create a deployable, large surface area aeroshell. This innovation will exploit Veriflex(R) -- CRG's high-performance SMP material -- to… More

High Efficiency, Aerodynamically Enhanced Vaneaxial Fan

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Tech Lead, Systems Engineering Div
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
CRG's highly efficient, aerodynamically enhanced vaneaxial fan is designed to reduce the overall size and weight of current systems by at least 50% and operate an efficiency of at least 85%. To accomplish this CRG will perform an in depth study on the de

Volume Signature Mapping System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Stacy, Sr Prog Mgr, Special Proj
Award Amount: $749,727.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to create a unlock algorithm using the physical characteristics of the protection volume as an integral component of this unlock algorithm. When power is applied to operate the system, the physical structure

Structural Blast Energy Absorber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: NM Institute of Mining & Technology
Principal Investigator: Richard Tillinger, Prog Mgr, Polymer Production
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Lonnie Marquez
Abstract:
Light, maneuverable, fast and fully protected vehicles are needed on today''s battlefields. In a field of operations, US military vehicles often encounter landmines, improvised explosive devises (IEDs), and other explosive threats towards the underside and sides of the vehicle. These threats,… More

Integrated Structural Health Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,524.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to advance the state of the art in composite health management through refinement of an existing technology developed by CRG called Reflexive Composites. Reflexive Composites are the current state of the art in health management integrating… More

Smart, Rapid-Response Jettison System for Helmet Mounted Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth P. Zinsser, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Modern combat aircraft use advanced human interface technology, such as Helmet Mounted Display Systems (HMDS), which give crewmembers increased situational awareness. However, such systems also add weight to a helmet, which increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash or ejection due to the… More

Reflexive Marine Systems for Autonomous Structural Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ernie Havens, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $599,564.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop composite marine vehicles capable of autonomous heath monitoring in service with capability to control and mitigate damage sustained during operation resulting from impact, fatigue or over-stressing components. Restoration of the structural… More

Structural Battery for Interceptor Kill Vehicle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Tech Lead, Systems Engineering Div
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
CRG is proposing to study the design of a structural battery. Such a design accomplishes two tasks. It combines two components, eliminating weight. Second, it reduces volume. Drawing parallels to automotive racing, this allows for placing mission-critical hardware where desired or taking advantage… More

Self-Generating Power Source for Anti-Tamper Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Stacy, Sr Prog Mgr, Special Projects
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Active anti-tamper systems have the benefit of detecting and responding to a tamper event in real-time. One drawback to this type of system, however, is the constant power requirement. Battery power will eventually become insufficient to power an active system, and replacing the battery requires… More

Microvascular Networks for Thermal Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Christopher Hemmelgarn, Tech Lead, Systems Engineering Div
Award Amount: $98,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) will develop polymer matrix composite systems with imbedded microvasular networks that act as conduits for the transport of thermally conductive nanofluids. Optimized to withstand the grueling environmental conditions experienced in the stratosphere including… More

Pressurized Forward Osmosis for Man-Portable Desal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Hreha, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) will investigate new techniques for efficient portable desalination devices with high product flow rates. CRG will utilize forward osmosis (FO) technology to increase the efficiency of current reverse osmosis (RO) powered devices. FO systems maintain several… More

Switchable Electromagnetic Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth P. Zinsser, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There is a current need for the passive protection of antenna apertures from electronic warfare (EW) and high power microwave (HPM) threats. Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop switchable electromagnetic windows that will passively respond to high power microwave threats.… More

Bio-Inspired Ballistic Shock Absorber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Tillinger, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $69,434.00
Abstract:
High-frequency shocks are a continuing problem for personnel and equipment on today''s battlefields. The need exists to better protect vehicles, buildings, critical microelectronics components, and especially personnel in the severe, high-acceleration environments associated with ballistic… More

Next-Generation Aeromedical Spinal Stabilization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kristin Cable, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to redefine the immobilization and evacuation of SCI and TBI patients by developing a new patient stabilization system for aeromedical transport. This revolutionary system will be capable of properly immobilizing patients in a multitude of transport… More

Adaptive Drainage Slots for Acoustic Noise Attenuation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to demonstrate feasibility in the reduction of noise attributed to drainage slots in jet engine acoustic liners. This will be accomplished through the development of design rules for optimum slot design and the implementation of adaptive material… More

Self-Deploying, Composite Habitats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason Hermiller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to develop self-deploying, composite structures for lunar habitats, based on CRG's VeritexTM materials. These structures will provide a rigid, durable habitat that will reduce the risk of mechanical failure due to crew or environmentally induced… More

SMP Bladder Tooling for Manufacturing Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joel J. Everhart, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
CRG's shape memory polymer (SMP) Bladder Tooling is a cutting-edge manufacturing technology that can meet the manufacturing needs of the Ares launch vehicles. This process provides labor savings, weight reductions, and reliable manufacturing results for fabricating complex composites. SMP bladder… More

All-Polymer Conductive Gap Filler through Liquid Crystal Templating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Hreha, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes the further development of conductive liquid crystalline elastomer materials and to demonstrate improved performance of this system as an enabling technology for conductive gap filler in aircraft outer mold line. CRG has already demonstrated the… More

Nanoinfusion Technology for Advanced Gun Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
It has been demonstrated on a small scale that nanoparticles have the potential to improve the performance of high energy density gun propellants. Nanomaterials such as Al, B, AlB, and BNNT have been integrated into gun propellants resulting in increased burning rates and efficiencies. However,… More

Critical Fuze Technology Protection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Stacy, Vice President, Government Programs
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc (CRG) proposes to provide a complete cost-effective anti-tamper system to protect advanced ammunition projectiles from tamper and reverse-engineering efforts. CRG has participated in five AT-based Phase II and seven AT-based Phase I SBIR programs. These programs have… More

Reactive Materials with Reduced Electrostatic Discharge Sensitivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Advanced reactive materials (RM) with reduced electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity are needed by the Army. Nanoscale thermite compositions are of particular interest because of the fast reaction rates and high flame temperatures generated during reaction. Unfortunately, in many cases, the… More

Smart, Rapid-Response Jettison for HMDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Meents, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $749,724.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop a self-contained system that can distinguish an ejection from normal operations, and respond appropriately by dismounting the HMDS from the crewmember"s helmet only during an ejection. CRG has determined that using stimuli that are… More

Switchable Electromagnetic Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Meents, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $749,965.00
Abstract:
There is a current need for the passive protection of antenna apertures from electronic warfare (EW) and high power microwave (HPM) threats. Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop switchable electromagnetic windows that will passively respond to high power microwave threats.… More

High Performance Pulse Motor for Mission Flexibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Fisher, Prog Mgr, Propulsion Tech – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $749,132.00
Abstract:
Although solid rocket motors (SRM) are ideally suited to many propulsion applications, their lack of controllability restricts their mission flexibility. Following ignition of an SRM"s propellant grain, combustion continues until all propellant is consumed. Controllability of the motor"s… More

High Efficiency, Aerodynamically Enhanced Vaneaxial Fan

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Technology Leader, Aerosy – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop the next generation of vaneaxial fans through extensive aerodynamic study coupled with state-of-the-art motor and controller technologies. Analytical tools to aid in the development of the next generation vaneaxial fans will be implemented… More

Cyanate Ester-based Pressure-sensitive Adhesive

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Greg Karst, Tech Lead, Adv Materials
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The aerospace industry needs an innovative pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) to increase the performance of new aircraft paint-replacement coatings for both rotorcraft and fixed-winged platforms. The PSA will be used to adhere existing polymeric applique film materials to the current… More

Intelligent Leading Edge Deicing/Anti-Icing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Maddux, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop an innovative concept for a lightweight, low-cost, multi-functional intelligent deicing/anti-icing system. The proposed concept utilizes an integrated piezoelectric (PZT) sensor/actuator network to autonomously monitor system function, the… More

Shape Memory Polymer Bladder Tooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joel Everhart, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,147.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to demonstrate the benefits of shape memory polymer (SMP) bladder tooling for fabrication of a composite Navy rotorcraft part. CRG's SMP bladder tooling reduces labor costs and manufacturing time for fabricating complex composite parts. Conventional… More

Adaptive Drainage Slots for Acoustic Noise Attenuation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,983.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) demonstrated feasibility in the reduction of noise attributed to drainage slots in jet engine acoustic liners. This was accomplished through the development of design rules for optimum slot design and concept development of the implementation of adaptive… More

Smart Tooling for Manufacturing Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joel J. Everhart, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,956.00
Abstract:
CRG's shape memory polymer (SMP) tooling technologies, Smart Tooling, offer cutting-edge manufacturing solutions that can meet the construction needs of all future composite platforms and systems. Development and implementation of Smart Tooling, Smart Mandrels and SMP Bladders, offers end users… More

Self-Deploying, Composite Habitats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,968.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to develop self-deploying, composite structures for lunar habitats, based on CRG's Veritex(TM) materials. These structures will provide a rigid, durable habitat that will reduce the risk of mechanical failure due to crew or environmentally… More

No-Oven, No-Autoclave, Composite Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Large, single-piece composite structures for NASA launch vehicles are currently very expensive or impossible to fabricate partly because of the capital (ovens, autoclaves, and tooling) needed to cure the part and maintain tolerances at cure conditions. CRG proposes the use of recently developed,… More

Quiet, High-Efficiency Vaneaxial Fans

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Chris Hemmelgarn, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
During this Phase I effort, CRG proposes to demonstrate the ability to significantly reduce the acoustic signature of vaneaxial fans by establishing quiet aerodynamic, mechanical, and electronic design features. CRG will focus primarily on reducing tonal and broadband aerodynamic noise, using a… More

Photo-Responsive Conductive Materials for Anti-Tamper Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rick Hreha, Research Scientist – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is seeking solutions in the development of zero power or near zero power sensor technologies to detect tamper events in sensitive systems and electronics. Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) has demonstrated feasibility, under a previous project, of a… More

Rapid-Release Fasteners for Structural Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kristin Cable, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to design and demonstrate rapid-release fasteners, based on Veriflex, for application in structural components. In this Phase I effort, CRG proposes to further development rapid-release fasteners by design for increased strength and durability for… More

Tunable Electromagnetic Chaff

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Meents, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to design and model tunable, metamaterial (MM) chaff using CRG"s electrically responsive material (ERM) as the tunable component of the chaff. CRG has invented a new class of ERMs that can change their electromagnetic properties when exposed to… More

Cyanate Ester Elastomer Reusable Vacuum Bag

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Thomas Barnell, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
CRG proposes a spray-on, reusable advanced vacuum bag system based on cyanate ester elastomer (CEE) material. Current vacuum bag systems do not meet the thermal and chemical needs of today"s high performance aerospace composite needs and/or are difficult to use, resulting in high labor costs… More

Nanoinfusion Technology for Low-Cost, Lightweight, Transparent Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Research Engineer – (987) 320-1877
Award Amount: $69,965.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc (CRG) will use a patented technology called nanoinfusion to develop a manufacturing process for bulk production of high-purity, nanometer-sized optical ceramic powders suitable for low-cost, lightweight, transparent armor. The traditional ballistic glass laminate… More

Passive Adaptive Run-on-Flat (RoF) Tires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Chris Hemmelgarn, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1886
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) will develop and demonstrate a novel Run-on-Flat (RoF) tire design that can be integrated with the Army"s Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS). The most common designs of RoF tires exhibit a very thick sidewall as compared to conventional tires or utilize… More

Aeromedical Transport Litter Immobilization and Stabilization (ATLIS) Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DHP
Principal Investigator: Kristin M. Cable, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $1,349,418.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to redefine the immobilization and evacuation of SCI and TBI patients by developing a new patient stabilization system for aeromedical transport. This system will properly immobilize patients in a variety of transport configurations and reduce dynamic… More

Critical Fuze Technology Protection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark Stacy, Team Leader – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $360,606.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc (CRG) proposes to provide a complete cost-effective anti-tamper system to protect advanced ammunition projectiles from tamper and reverse-engineering efforts. CRG has participated in five AT-based Phase II and eight AT-based Phase I SBIR programs. These programs have… More

No-Oven, No-Autoclave, Composite Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael D. Rauscher, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,956.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to continue the efforts from the 2010 NASA SBIR Phase I topic X5.03, "No-Oven, No-Autoclave (NONA) Composite Processing." NONA offers NASA the ability to manufacture composites without an oven or autoclave, which will significantly decrease… More

Tunable Interior Rotorcraft Noise Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason Hermiller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,997.00
Abstract:
CRG has recently developed a new class of shape memory polymers (SMP) that are electrically activated, as opposed to the more mature thermally activated SMPs. Electrically activated shape memory polymers (EASMP) open a new design space of unexplored functionality beyond what has been considered for… More

Controlled Burn Using Nanoinfused Insensitive Solid Propellant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Research Engineer – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Future missile systems will need to be faster, more precise, impact a larger theater of operation, and exhibit improved safety for friendly combatants. There are many technology elements that contribute to the desired level of control. In solid propellants, nanoparticle additives theoretically offer… More

Hard Target Munitions Electronic Potting System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark Stacy, Senior Program Manager – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG"s) demonstrated expertise in the proposed technology areas presents the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) the opportunity to obtain a hard target munitions"electronic potting system to protect hard target munitions (HTM) electronics from the high g… More

Self-Healing, Corrosion-Protective Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Hreha, Team Leader, Exploratory – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop and characterize self-healing, corrosion-protective polymer coatings. CRG's demonstrated expertise in the proposed technology areas presents the Navy with the opportunity to obtain a self-healing coating resulting in enhanced… More

Rapid-Release Fasteners for Structural Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kristin Cable, Team Leader, Future Syste – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $749,934.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to design and demonstrate rapid-release fasteners, based on Veriflex shape memory polymers, for application in aerospace structural components. In this Phase I effort, CRG advanced rapid-release fasteners by developing and fabricating… More

Nanoinfusion Technology for Advanced Gun Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Team Leader-Engineered Po – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $729,912.00
Abstract:
It has been demonstrated on a small scale that nanoparticles have the potential to improve the performance of high-energy density gun propellants. Nanomaterials such as Al and B have been integrated into gun propellants resulting in increased burning rates, burn-rate tailorability, and efficiencies.… More

Reactive Materials with Reduced Electrostatic Discharge Sensitivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Director, Advanced Materi – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $729,932.00
Abstract:
Advanced reactive materials with reduced electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity are needed by the Army. Nanoscale thermite compositions are of interest because of their fast reaction rates and high flame temperatures. Unfortunately, in many cases, the materials are so reactive that they are… More

High-Temperature Liners for Broadband Noise Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason M. Hermiller, Technology Leader
Award Amount: $124,939.00
Abstract:
Core noise will become a larger component of engine noise overall, as more efficient design trends of fan and jet noise reduction technologies are implemented. The necessity to keep weight and material costs low, as well as the complex geometry and high temperatures involved with the combustion… More

Hybrid Electric Tail Rotor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Pelley, Aerospace Sysems Team Lea – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc.'s (CRG) demonstrated expertise in the proposed technology presents the Navy with the opportunity to obtain an electric tail rotor drive system for implementation on existing naval helicopters. The proposing team's track record of innovation in electric… More

Limit State Design of Composite Aerospace Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: University of Dayton
Principal Investigator: Bradley Doudican, Advanced Composites Team Lead – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $99,953.00
RI Contact: Claudette Groeber
Abstract:
Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular 20-107B provides guidance on the achievement of compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations regarding airworthiness type certification requirements for composite aircraft structures necessi

Large Volume Production of Core-Shell Nanothermite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Director, Advanced Materials – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Advances in nanotechnology have promised non-linear improvements in a variety of energetic materials applications; however, the practical application of the technology has not matched its promise. One area of particular interest is in producing core-shell energetic materials based on… More

Plateau Burning Composite Propellants Using Al and TiO2 Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Rauscher, Director, Advanced Materi – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Double-base propellants are widely used in Navy aircraft ejection seat systems, partially because of their ability to be tailored to exhibit pronounced plateau burning. Due to degradation problems inherent with double-base propellants, it would be very beneficial to develop composite propellants… More

Exhaust Heat Capture Ration Heating System (EHC-RHS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Pelley, Team Leader, Aerospace Sy – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Current field ration heating systems use fossil fuels as the primary energy source. The use of additional fossil fuels during food preparation increases the frequency of resupply missions and consequently leads to more attacks on supply convoys. Approaches for heating food rations in-the-field and… More

TALOS Hybrid Electric Power Unit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Pelley, Team Leader, Aerospace Systems – (937) 320-1877
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Cornerstone Research Group Inc.'s (CRG) demonstrated expertise in advanced optimization techniques and lightweight electric propulsion systems presents USSOCOM with the opportunity to obtain an embedded rechargeable power generation and management system capable of long endurance missions that… More