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High-Strength and Optically Transparent Fiber-Reinforced Composites

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83913
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
066162
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MO-SCI Corp.
4040 Hy Point North Rolla, MO 65401-8277
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: High-Strength and Optically Transparent Fiber-Reinforced Composites
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL07AB02P
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

For many applications there exists a need for mechanically strong composite materials of high optical quality and transparency equivalent to window glass. One method of increasing the mechanical strength of polymers is to reinforce them with high-strength cylindrical glass fibers. In most cases, however, the introduction of glass fibers into an optically transparent polymer destroys the transparency of the polymer and an object at distances greater than a few feet cannot be clearly seen through them. MO-SCI Corporation proposes to develop novel large high-strength and optically transparent, flexible panels of glass fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites, as light-weight structural components, by layering a polymer matrix reinforced with glass ribbons (micron-size glass fibers with rectangular cross section) and a tough compliant polyurethane film. MO-SCI Corporation has produced research quantities of rigid epoxy-matrix composites which use glass ribbons that are index matched to the polymer matrix to be used as high-strength windows as described in U.S. patent 5,665,450 and licensed to MO-SCI Corporation. The objective of this proposal is to use this technology to produce nearly defect-free composites as demonstration samples for marketing structurally strong and impact resistant composites that are optically transparent.

Principal Investigator:

Mariano J. Velez
Principal Investigator
5733642338
mvelez@mo-sci.com

Business Contact:

Thomas E. Day
President
5733642338
tday@mo-sci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mo-Sci Corp
P.O. Box 2 Rolla, MO 65401

EIN/Tax ID: 431372193
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No