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Multifunctional Metal RubberTM Super-NanoComposites for Missile Structures

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136-3645
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Multifunctional Metal RubberTM Super-NanoComposites for Missile Structures
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7748
Award Amount: $100,000.00


NanoSonic would produce lightweight (< 0.98 g/cc), ablation resistant, rad hard, EMI shielding (-70 dB), inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites with ultra-high thermal stability (> 450 C). NanoSonic is the only manufacturer of Metal Rubber nanostructured yet macroscale (8' x 4') films and conformal coatings for large defense platforms (i.e., missiles, topside plies for ships, and advanced inceptor structures such as MKV, EKV and THAAD etc.) requiring nuclear, thermal and electrical protection with controlled electromagnetic properties. Such multifunctional super nanocomposites are achieved via the self-assembly of metal nanoparticles (for shielding and radiation hardening) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (for high thermal conductivity and mechanical stiffness) with NanoSonic's high performance tailored copolymers. Novel polymer backbones with complexing sites yield conformal casing materials with control over dielectric strength and thermal stability via excellent adhesion to the nanoparticle; and to the missile substrates, thereby mitigating corrosion. Such materials result in nanocomposites with extremely homogenous dispersions; hence even heat dissipation and reliable performance. NanoSonic's Metal RubberTM; a revolutionary self-healing, elastomeric conductor (bulk resistivity = 2 x 10-5 Ohm∙cm) that can be repeatedly strained to more than 1000% elongation while maintaining electrical conductivity would be optimized with Lockheed Martin MS2 to increase the TRL for KV structures.

Principal Investigator:

J. H. Lalli
VP of Business Development

Business Contact:

Lisa B. Lawson
Contracts Administrator
Small Business Information at Submission:

P.O. Box 618 Christiansburg, VA 24068

EIN/Tax ID: 541877635
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No