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MOLECULAR COMPOSITE PLASTICS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT GREEN CARS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
27221
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
27221
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Maxdem, Inc.
140 East Arrow Highway San Dimas, CA 91773
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: MOLECULAR COMPOSITE PLASTICS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT GREEN CARS
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $74,749.00
 

Abstract:

IT IS PLANNED TO REPLACE BOTH METALS AND GLASS FIBER COMPOSITS IN AUTOMOTIVE CONSTRUCTION. POTENTIAL SAAVINGS IN WEIGHT OF 25% TO 40% OVER CURRENT MATERIALS AND THE ABILITY TO RECYCLE THESE NEW THERMOPLASTICS OFFER MAJOR STEPS TOWARD A FUEL EFFICIENT GREEN CAR. FOR EXAMPLE, THE LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS PROGRAM PLAN PROJECTS THAT IF CURRENT VEHICLES WERE LIGHTENED BY ONLY 25% THE TOTAL U.S. GASOLINE CONSUMPTION WOUDL DROP 13%. THE PLANNED NEW MATERIALS ARE BASED ON NEW RIGID-ROD RESINS. THESE PLASTICS ARE STIFFER AND STRONGER THAN ANY ISOTROPIC THERMOPLASTIC, WITH UP TO FOUR TIMES THE STIFFNESS AND TWO TIMES THE STRENGTH OF HIGH PERFORMANCE THERMOPLASTICS LIKE POLYIMIDES AND POLYETHERKETONES. IN PHASE I, THE PLANNED NEW BLENDS ARE TARGETED TO REPLACE SHEET MOLDING COMPOUNDS (SMC). WHILE NO METHOD OF RECYCLE EXISTS FOR CURRENTLY USED SMC BODY PANELS, THE NEW BLENDS WOULD CONTAIN NO FIBERS AND ARE POTENTIALLY RECYCLABLE. ULTIMATE PROPERTIES WOULD ALLOW DISPLACEMENT OF METALS, INCLUDING PRIMARY STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Mark Trimmer
9093940644

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Maxdem Inc.
140 E Arow Highway San Dimas, CA 91773

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