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Metal RubberT Replacements for Conventional Metal Materials in USVs

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92482
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-047-0518
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2009
Title: Metal RubberT Replacements for Conventional Metal Materials in USVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-09-M-0067
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR program would demonstrate the feasibility of replacing heavy metal materials and components onboard unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with equivalent materials and components fabricated using lightweight Metal RubberT. Metal RubberT is a self-assembled nanocomposite material with an electrical conductivity on the order of that of bulk copper (107 S/m). Its mass density (1 g/cc) is much less than that of copper (8.96 g/cc), steel (8 g/cc) or aluminum (2.7 g/cc). Replacing copper or other bulk metal components onboard USVs with Metal RubberT thus may result in a weight savings of between 90% for copper to 60% for aluminum. During the Phase I program, NanoSonic would work with input from a major ship systems manufacturer, and design, fabricate and analyze the properties of representative structural, electrical, RF shielding and thermally conductive materials based on Metal RubberT materials. Materials large enough to be representative of full-size USV structures would be produced and tested. These hardware test articles will allow a direct calculation of the total weight savings possible by replacing conventional metals with Metal RubberT. Technical specifications and weight savings would be used to downselect optimal development paths during a possible Phase II program in cooperation with that ship system manufacturer

Principal Investigator:

Richard Claus
President
5409531785
roclaus@nanosonic.com

Business Contact:

Lisa Lawson
President
5409531785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618 Christiansburg, VA 24068

EIN/Tax ID: 541877635
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No