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Significant Improvements in High Temperature Resins for Solid Rocket Motor…

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
55 WL Runnels Industrial Drive Hattiesburg, MS -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Significant Improvements in High Temperature Resins for Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Boost and Orbit Transfer Composite Cases
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F04611-02-M-0027
Award Amount: $99,961.00


"Nanoreinforcements based upon POSS Nanostructured Chemicals offer alternate mechanisms to increasing the glass transition of high performance polymers. The two primary mechanisms provided by nanoreinforcements are (i) reduced chain mobility via increasingchain stiffness and (ii) reduced chain mobility via confinement of the polymer chains. The objective of this Phase I SBIR proposal is to utilize the fundamental properties of POSSr nanotechnology to provide a new Tg performance level for bismaleimideresins while maintaining their desirable processability and utility in composites. Nanostructured Chemicals based upon Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS) will be utilized along with nanodimensioned clay nanoreinforcements.. POSSr-olefinmonomers and POSSr-imide resins will be substituted for the standard diallybisphenol A curatives and for the bismaleimide resins currently used in commercial bismaleimide (BMI) systems. Additionally POSS-modified nanodimensioned clays will be incorporatedinto the POSS-BMI resins to improve their thermal and mechanical properties. The effect these nanostructures have upon the properties of BMI resins will be investigated relative to the type of nanoreinforcement and it's loading level. The physical,mechanical, and handling properties of these nanocomposites will be examined and compared to current materials. By the conclusion of Phase I a down selection to one nanocomposite formulations wi

Principal Investigator:

Joseph D. Lichtenhan

Business Contact:

Carl Hagstrom
Chief Operating Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Hybrid Plastics
18237 Mt. Baldy Circle Fountain Valley, CA 92708

EIN/Tax ID: 954700693
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No