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Fatigue Resistant Wire for Airborne Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78505
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-132-3666
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Minnesota Wire & Cable Co.
1835 Energy Park Drive Saint Paul, MN 55108-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Fatigue Resistant Wire for Airborne Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-07-C-0142
Award Amount: $749,860.00
 

Abstract:

The gradual degradation of wiring systems in aircraft is a serious concern plaguing the Air Force's aging fleet. It has been observed that the majority of wire breakage problems occur within nine inches of the connector, terminal lug, or other junction. In many cases, the wiring was not properly relieved of strain near the junction points. Traditional wires are by nature inelastic under stress, strain, or vibration - overtime this leads to wire failure. Minnesota Defense proposes a two pronged that 1) develops flexible fatigue resistant wires based on electrically conductive elastic composites loaded with carbon nanotubes 2) Applies nanocomposite coatings to traditional wire structures to create "Smart Wire" that enable Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry (SSTDM) wire health diagnostic technology solutions for wire Prognostic Health Management (PHM). This research will a 1) result is a highly flexible, durable wire that can withstand substantial strain (> 25%) as a replacement for metal wires and cabling 2) wires that can predict a wire failure integrity of the conducting core is compromised.

Principal Investigator:

Tom Kukowski
Research and Development
6516596763
TKukowski@mnwire.com

Business Contact:

Tom Ashenbrenner
Manager, Defense Applicat
6516596760
TAshenbrenner@mnwire.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MINNESOTA WIRE & CABLE CO.
1835 Energy Park Drive Saint Paul, MN 55108

EIN/Tax ID: 410985588
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No