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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:
2008 / 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 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Self-Healing Adhesives and Composites for Aerospace Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-08-C-0037
Award Amount: $749,977.00
 

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. For example, a self-healing composite cryogenic tank 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 was demonstrated by incorporating micron-scale microencapsulated healing agents and chemical catalysts in composite systems and integrating the technology into standard composites manufacturing techniques. In Phase II we will refine this process and demonstrate prototype self-healing adhesives and aerospace composite structural components. 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 recovery of mechanical damage and permeability 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 L. Carroll
Engineering Director
2173338274
carroll@cuaerospace.com

Business Contact:

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

CU AEROSPACE
2100 South Oak St., Suite 206 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:
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT U-C
Brd of Trustees U. of Illinois
OSPRA 1901 S First St-Suite A
Champaign, IL 61820 7406
Contact: Charles F. Zukoski
Contact Phone: (217) 333-2187
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university