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Self-Healing, Self-Diagnosing Fiber Reinforced Multifunctional Composites

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
92204
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-096-0080
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: 2009
Title: Self-Healing, Self-Diagnosing Fiber Reinforced Multifunctional Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9132T-10-C-0002
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Multifunctional composite materials would alleviate longstanding problems in composite structures associated with multiple types of damage mechanisms such as mechanical/thermal fatigue, microcracking, and debonding. Self-healing polymers consist of a healing agent that is stored in microcapsules and released whenever cracking occurs in the polymer. The healing agent flows into the cracks and is polymerized in place, effectively sealing the cracks and allowing the material to recover structural function. Repair of damage is accomplished automatically and without human intervention, improving performance and service-life. The team of CU Aerospace (CUA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will develop a self-healing resin as the matrix phase for a self-healing structural composite for a wide variety of military and commercial applications. CUA will also investigate the potential for multiple healing events and sensing techniques to monitor composite degradation.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Mangun
Senior Scientist
2173338279
cmangun@cuaerospace.com

Business Contact:

David L. Carroll
Vice President and COO
2173338274
carroll@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