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High Strength, Heat Resistant Elastomer Compositions

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
97791
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A093-201-0936
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-201
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NanoComposites Inc.
3400 Research Forest Drive Suite B4 The Woodlands, TX 77381
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: High Strength, Heat Resistant Elastomer Compositions
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0209
Award Amount: $68,931.00
 

Abstract:

Military tracked vehicle systems, such as the T-158 used on Abrams M1 tanks face high maintenance costs due to fatigue and accelerated wear of rubber components, including track shoes, and bushings. Due to extreme operating environments featuring abrasive wear, sustained high tensional loads, and high temperatures, the average life of current natural rubber derived elastometer components is seldom more than 1500 miles, and sometimes less, for 55 ton weight class vehicles. NCI proposes to develop a new elastomer composite based on chemically functionalized small diameter multiwall carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNT). Employing this type of chemistry, NCI has demonstrated elastomer compounds with significantly enhanced physical properties such as tensile modulus, retention of strength at elevated temperature, reduction in creep, and greater fatigue resistance for applications in the energy industry. The Phase I effort will aim to enhance key elastomer performance metrics such as hysteresis, creep, and heat transfer by a minimum of 25% over a baseline natural rubber compound that mimics the material currently used in the T158 system. With the proposed technology, operational lifetimes for track system components can potentially be extended to several thousand miles even under highly demanding field conditions.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey Bahr
Chief Scientific Officer
2816027111
jeff@nanocompositesinc.com

Business Contact:

Jeffrey Bahr
Chief Scientific Officer
2816027111
lmccarthy@concentris-systems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NanoComposites Inc.
3400 Research Forest Drive Suite B4 The Woodlands, TX 77381

EIN/Tax ID: 201206570
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No