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Self-Healing Adhesives and Composites for Aerospace Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78125
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-025-0004
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CU Aerospace
301 North Neil St. Suite 400 Champaign, IL 61820-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Self-Healing Adhesives and Composites for Aerospace Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0145
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Self-healing composites and adhesives would alleviate longstanding problems in aerospace structures associated with multiple types of damage mechanisms such as mechanical/thermal fatigue, microcracking, and debonding. A composite cryogenic tank based on self-healing technology would prevent leakage by sealing microcracks throughout the lifetime of the tank and enable the use of composites in this critical application with low risk to mission success. In Phase I, the feasibility of self-healing structural composites and adhesives will be demonstrated by incorporating microencapsulated healing agents and chemical catalysts in composite systems and measuring their mechanical performance under a variety of loading conditions. A partnership between CU Aerospace (CUA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has been formed to pursue the aerospace applications of this new technology. Together, we will demonstrate the technology for laboratory scale mechanical test specimens and quantify healing performance under both static and cyclic fatigue conditions. This technology is critical not only to STSS, ABL, and a variety of other Air Force mission objectives, but is fundamental to all aerospace structural composite applications.

Principal Investigator:

David Carroll
Engineering Director
2173338274
carroll@cuaerospace.com

Business Contact:

Wayne Solomon
President
2173338272
solomon@cuaerospace.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CU AEROSPACE
60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820

EIN/Tax ID: 371373803
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNIV. OF ILLINOIS
c/o OSPRA, South Research Park
Champaign, IL 61820
Contact: Charles F. Zukoski
Contact Phone: (217) 333-2187
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university