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Company Name: FOSTER-MILLER, INC.
City: Waltham
State: MA
Zip+4: 02451
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phone: (781) 684-4242

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $46,844,392.00 658
SBIR Phase II $124,179,435.00 230
STTR Phase I $1,578,011.00 18
STTR Phase II $1,647,439.00 3

Award List:

REDUCING THE ASH AND SULFUR CONTENT OF COAL TO LEVELS COMPARABLE WITH OIL WILL GREATLY INCREASE COAL'S ACCEPTANCE AS A COMBUSTION FUEL.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Leslie s. rubin , SENIOR ENGINEER
Award Amount: $45,000.00
Abstract:
Reducing the ash and sulfur content of coal to levels comparable with oil will greatly increase coal's acceptance as a combustion fuel. to achieve this goal with physical beneficiation techniques, it will be necessary to first reduce the rom coal into ultrafine particles. this generation of fines… More

INVESTIGATION OF TECHNIQUE FOR ISOLATING CHEMICAL WASTE SITES BY HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IN SOIL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas Brunsing
Award Amount: $34,000.00

VENTILATED BAND SEALS FOR NON-MAGNETIC DIESELS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $79,754.00

EVALUATION OF A NEW AUTOMATED PERIODONTAL PROBE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert L. Jeffcoat
Award Amount: $41,221.00

ADVANCED POLYMER UTILIZATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,820.00

ADVANCED POLYMER UTILIZATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $305,000.00
Abstract:
Polymeric materials with exceptional mechanical, chemical and theraml propoerties are being developed as part of air force research. these materials form igid molecular chains, hence the term rod-like polymers. chemical synthesis and study of the molecular structure will continue to advance rapidly,… More

EVALUATION OF A NEW AUTOMATED PERIODONTAL PROBE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert L. Jeffcoat
Award Amount: $400,833.00
Abstract:
The aim of the proposed research is to conduct laboratory investigations leading to an automated periodontal pocket depth and attachment level measuring device. the design features include: automatic detection of the cementoenamel junction, constant adjustable probing force, and automatic recording… More

THE AIR FORCE HAS SEVERAL LARGE AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE FACILITIES STRIPPING PAINT FROM AIRCRAFT AND GENERATING LARGE QUANTITIES OF PHENOLIC STRIPPING WASTEWATER.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: R. edwin hicks
Award Amount: $49,706.00
Abstract:
The air force has several large aircraft maintenance facilities stripping paint from aircraft and generating large quantities of phenolic stripping wastewater. discharge of these wastes into publicly owned treatment works (potw) is a preferred alternative to onsite treatment. the primary objective… More

RADWASTE DISPOSAL DRUM CENTRIFUGE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $50,000.00

CENTRIFUGAL CLARIFIER FOR PRETREATMENT OF ROWPU FEED

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin
Award Amount: $44,000.00

LOW FLOW SEPARATOR FOR OILY BILGE WATER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Harvey
Award Amount: $49,999.00

MONOCONE ROCK BIT WITH JETS AT THE TEETH: DESIGN AND TEST

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew C. Harvey , Engineering Consultant
Award Amount: $50,000.00

ENGINE POWERED MAN PORTABLE PERSONAL COOLING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger Demler
Award Amount: $49,000.00

VENTILATED BAND SEALS FOR NON-MAGNETIC DIESELS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $353,368.00
Abstract:
Non-magnetic unlined aluminum engine blocks are currently feasible in gasoline engines, but not for diesels, where pressure loadings at the for diesels, where pressure loadings at the novel ventilated band seal approach will solve that problem,and will also reduce fuel consumption in any piston… More

ENGINE POWERED MAN PORTABLE PERSONAL COOLING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger Demler
Award Amount: $283,000.00
Abstract:
A man portable pcs (personal cooling system) will be developed for troops requiring cooling while wearing chemical warfare protective clothing. the concept developed on this project will use a vapor compression freon cycle. the power source for the rotary compressor will be an ic (internal… More

LOW FLOW SEPARATOR FOR OILY BILGE WATER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Harvey
Award Amount: $230,000.00
Abstract:
Present naval pollution abatement systems being used for the separation of oily contaminants from the bilge water prior to discharge have been sized for 10 gpm and 50 gpm flow rates. these systems, at their design flow rates, are suitable for approximately 70 percent of the navy's fleet. the… More

RADWASTE DISPOSAL DRUM CENTRIFUGE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $497,670.00
Abstract:
Present methods for preparing the nuclear power industries low level spent resin radwaste for burial disposal have created a problem in terms of large waste volume and inability to meet federal regulations controlling waste characteristics. foster-miller, inc. has conceived a novel centrifugal… More

MONOCONE ROCK BIT WITH JETS AT THE TEETH: DESIGN AND TEST

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew C. Harvey , Engineering Consultant
Award Amount: $466,867.00
Abstract:
Geothermal well drilling suffers from low drilling rates and short bit life. jet enhancement of rock fracture (not just bottom hole cleaning or erosion) remains to be demonstrated with a roller bit. experiments with single indentors show that the primary absorption of energy occurs in the pulverized… More

POST ATTACK AIR BASE RECOVERY OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN A VERY HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard wiesman
Award Amount: $49,543.00
Abstract:
Post attack air base recovery operations will take place in a very hostile environment. with premiums placed on minimizing both the time and number of personnel required while maximizing personnel safety, adaptation of robotic technology to some or all of the task makes sense. instrumentation… More

CENTRIFUGAL CLARIFIER FOR PRETREATMENT OF ROWPU FEED

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin
Award Amount: $474,000.00
Abstract:
To produce potable water from natural water sources for military personnel in the field, the u.s. army is developing a new class of water purification systems utilizing reverse osmosis technology. the first of these reverse osmosis water purification units (rowpu) has been designed for the… More

A HIGH STRENGTH TO WEIGHT, LOW COST BRIDGE DECK IS REQUIRED FOR THE ARMY'S TRI-ARCH BRIDGE.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Joseph s boyce
Award Amount: $72,763.00
Abstract:
A high strength to weight, low cost bridge deck is required for the army's tri-arch bridge. foster-miller, inc. is proposing fiber reinforced thermoplastic deck made by a combination of roll-forming and welding. use of an engineering thermoplastic matrix material such as polyetheretherkeytone (peek)… More

CAN-TYPE SODA VENDING MACHINES WHICH ARE CURRENTLY USED ON BOARD SHIP REQUIRE VALUABLE STORAGE SPACE FOR THE CANS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert c sykes
Award Amount: $49,264.00
Abstract:
Can-type soda vending machines which are currently used on board ship require valuable storage space for the cans. syrup/cup-type machines do not have this problem, but they do result in spillage when the ship pitches or rolls. space is a valuable commodity on board ships and any innovation which… More

THE TECHNICAL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED EFFORT IS TO DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE AN IMPROVED LABORATORY MOUSE FEEDER WHICH PERMITS RAPID DETERMINATION OF FEED CONSUMPTION WITH HIGH ACCURACY.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Hans a. hug , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $49,784.00
Abstract:
The technical objective of the proposed effort is to develop and demonstrate an improved laboratory mouse feeder which permits rapid determination of feed consumption with high accuracy. such feeders will reduce the cost and improve the results of long-term feeding studies using laboratory animals.… More

ENERGY APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. andrew c. harvey , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $49,211.00
Abstract:
The objective of this effort is to develop a "robot friendly" nonmagnetic velcro-type fastener for use in fusion reactors. such a fastener could significantly reduce the complexity and thus improve the reliability of remotely attaching such items as heat protective tiles, insulation, instrumentaton… More

SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard w lusignea , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The "weeping wing" concept, in which a deicing fluid is slowly pumped through pores in a leading edge surface to remove accumulated ice and prevent additional ice formation,has proven very effective. commercial and developmental versions employ sintered stainless steel or laser drilled titanium as… More

HEAT TRANSPORT CIRCUITS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew c harvey , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $49,957.00
Abstract:
To efficiently (in terms of size, weight and complexity) manage the thermal systems on-board spacecraft, nasa has exploited the thermal characteristics of two-phase flow thermal control networks. system concepts, developed to date, include the use of complex sensor controlled modulating valves to… More

ORDERED POLYMER FILM FOR ADVANCED PRINTED WIRE BOARD APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $53,398.00

INTEGRATED DRILL-LOAD-SHOOT EXPLOSIVE EXCAVATION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Allan T Fisk
Award Amount: $94,284.00

TRANS-LAMINAR REINFORCEMENT OF ORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J Boyce
Award Amount: $67,420.00

ADVANCED ORDERED POLYMER/GLASS MICROCOMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Lusignea
Award Amount: $59,942.00

FERROFLUIDIC ENHANCEMENT OF CONTACT HEAT TRANSFER COEFFICIENTS AT SPACECRAFT THERMAL AND STRUCTURAL JOINTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roger L Demler , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,971.00

HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYIMIDE FILM USING LARC-TPI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,941.00

INVESTIGATION OF TECHNIQUE FOR ISOLATING CHEMICAL WASTE SITES BY HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IN SOIL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas Brunsing
Award Amount: $185,000.00
Abstract:
Construction of extensive in-ground barriers can be used for: isolating chemical waste sites, controlling seepage in deep excavations, isolating structures from vibration; and creating closed underground hydrologic reservoirs. present techniques are only able to produce vertical barriers. thereis a… More

ADVANCED ORDERED POLYMER/GLASS MICROCOMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Lusignea
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Ordered polymer materials processed from liquid crystalline solutions can be used with glass processed by the sol-gel method to produce a composite with homogeneity on a very small scale. such a "microcomposite" material rod-like polymer pbt (poly phenylene benzobisthiazole) and glass, such as… More

INTEGRATED DRILL-LOAD-SHOOT EXPLOSIVE EXCAVATION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Allan T Fisk
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
An integrated drill-load-shot (idls) system will be developed to overcome the current disadvantages and realize the potential of explosive excavation systems. the idls system is teamed with a unique spiral drill and blast concept, the combination of which permits nearly continuous, rather than… More

TRANS-LAMINAR REINFORCEMENT OF ORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J Boyce
Award Amount: $479,000.00
Abstract:
Composite laminates made from conventional epoxy prepregs are prone to delamination due to impact or edge effects. some means of improving compressive strength after impact is desired. stitching is one option, but causes damage to in-plane properties (strength, modulus). the proposed technique… More

ORDERED POLYMER FILM FOR ADVANCED PRINTED WIRE BOARD APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
High performance electronic circuits are exceeding the limits of existing packaging materials. recent developments in surface mounting leadless chips, multi-layer construction, and high speed density packed circuits demand innovative new materials. the objective of this program to determine the… More

ENHANCED EGRESS REQUIREMENTS NECESSITATES A RATE OF ADVANCE OF 80 FT/HR FOR BOTH A BORING MACHINE AND GROUND SUPPORT LINING SYSTEM.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert n torbin
Award Amount: $68,905.00
Abstract:
Enhanced egress requirements necessitates a rate of advance of 80 ft/hr for both a boring machine and ground support lining system. this advance rate is beyond the current technical feasibility of all state-of-the-art lining systems. an innovative pressurized lining system using a polymeric material… More

THE PROPOSED WORK WILL INVOLVE EVALUATION OF ORDERED POLYMER SHEET AND TAPE-REINFORCED COMPOSITE STRUCTURES FOR APPLICATIONS SUCH AS ROCKET MOTOR CASES, PRESSURE VESSELS AND OTHER CYLINDRICAL COMPONENTS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard w lusignea
Award Amount: $68,960.00
Abstract:
The proposed work will involve evaluation of ordered polymer sheet and tape-reinforced composite structures for applications such as rocket motor cases, pressure vessels and other cylindrical components. the objective of the program is to make high quality film laminates using a fabrication process… More

EVALUATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger demler
Award Amount: $49,313.00
Abstract:
Mobile robots require considerable amounts of power to perform work, provide locomotion, and run the control electronics. artificial intelligence and vision promise to make future mobile robots highly autonomous and they will be expected to operate over substantial distances for long periods of… More

ARMOR PLATE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gary czupryna
Award Amount: $49,982.00
Abstract:
The armor plates used in testing munitions containing depleted uranium (du) are subject to disposal as low-level radioactive waste. the objective of this proposal is to develop selective solvents that will preferentially attack the contaminated areas of the target, removing the du, and leaving the… More

THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF REMOTE MONITORING OF HUMAN CORE TEMPERATURE WITHOUT ANY PHYSICAL LINK WITH THE TEST SUBJECT.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bruce nappi
Award Amount: $50,558.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to demonstrate the feasibility of remote monitoring of human core temperature without any physical link with the test subject. temperature sensing will be carried out by an inductively-coupled, ingested radiocapsule. in phase i, an existing radiocapsule system will… More

OF EMISSION GAS STREAMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: , \
Award Amount: $49,968.00
Abstract:
The economic usefulness and the range of infomation that canbe obtained form on-line infrared gas analysis is limited since a complex and unreliable extractive sampling system ora dedicated spectrometer is needed at each sensing point in the process. this program intends to demostrate the… More

MEMBRANE APPLICATIONS FOR GAS CLEANUP AND GAS SEPARATION HAVE BEEN LIMITED BECAUSE OF THEIR LOW FLUX, THE CHEMICAL RESISTANCE OF CURRENT MATERIALS, AND BECAUSE OF THEIR HIGH TEMPERATURE LIMITS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul j. marinaccio , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $49,995.00
Abstract:
Membrane applications for gas cleanup and gas separation have been limited because of their low flux, the chemical resistance of current materials, and because of their high temperature limits. membrane permeation rate is a function of the chemical potential difference across the membrane andthe… More

CONTAMINANTS FROM GROUNDWATER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Harris gold
Award Amount: $49,893.00
Abstract:
The contamination of groundwater by volatile organic contaminants is a national problem occurring in all parts of the united states. the air force has been a leader in investigating packed-tower aeration to remove vocs from groundwater. it has been speculated that the performance of these stripping… More

MOST BIOCHEMICAL SEPARATIONS IN USE TODAY STEM FROM THE ANALYTICAL, BENCH-SCALE TECHNIQUES DEVELOPED BY BIOCHEMISTS;THESE INCLUDE CHROMATOGRAPHY, PRECIPITATION, AND ELECTRO- PHORESIS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Dr harris gold , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Most biochemical separations in use today stem from the analytical, bench-scale techniques developed by biochemists;these include chromatography, precipitation, and electro- phoresis. while these methods have been successful on the scales for which they were developed and under prescribed… More

THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP THE TECHNIQUE AND ASSOCIATED INSTRUMENTATION REQUIRED TO REMOTELY MONITOR THE TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION DURING HYPER- THERMIA THERAPY IN AND AROUND DEEP-SEATED MALIGNANT TUMORS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Bruce nappi , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this program is to develop the technique and associated instrumentation required to remotely monitor the temperature distribution during hyper- thermia therapy in and around deep-seated malignant tumors. this technique is based on the ultrasound interrogation of several… More

HIGH PERFORMANCE PBO (POLYBENZOBISOXAZOLE) FILM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James L Racich
Award Amount: $63,483.00

Z-DIRECTION TAPE REINFORCEMENT FOR COMPOSITE LAMINATES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph S Boyce
Award Amount: $65,516.00

HEAT PIPES FOR HIGH PRESSURE CZHOCHALSKI CRYSTAL FURNACES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew C Harvey
Award Amount: $58,171.00

MULTISTORY BUILDINGS PRESENT A DUAL CHALLENGE TO THE USE OF NATURAL LIGHT: (1) THE AMOUNT OF SURFACE AREA AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTING DAYLIGHT IS NORMALLY SMALL AND (2) MANY PARTS OF THE BUILDING ARE REMOTE FROM THE COLLECTION APERTURES. HOWEVER, THE DIRECT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Leslie S Rubin
Award Amount: $49,881.00

INNOVATIVE CONTINUOUS SLIPFORMING FOR ICBM DEEP BASING TUNNEL LINING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph S Boyce
Award Amount: $69,848.00

PINS AND BUSHINGS OF ARTICULATED LANDING GEAR LINKAGE JOINTS IMPROVEMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew C Harvey
Award Amount: $58,908.00

NONLINEAR OPTICAL MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul J Marinaccio
Award Amount: $50,431.00

LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS FOR ADVANCED INTERCONNECT SUBSTRATES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $51,776.00

COMPUTER-AIDED DENTISTRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Paul J Marinaccio , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $45,000.00

PHOTODEPOSITION OF FINE LINE COPPER CONDUCTORS FOR HIGH DENSITY MULTILAYER PRINTED WIRING BOARDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Lusignea
Award Amount: $50,505.00

IMPROVED SYNTHESIS OF POLY(BENZOBISTHIAZOLE) POLYMERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $68,177.00

PREDICTIONS OF ROCK ANCHOR CAPACITIES BY UP-HOLE SEISMIC VELOCITY TECHNIQUES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $46,452.00

COHERENT INFRARED FIBER OPTIC IMAGE BUNDLE FOR AIRCRAFT IR IMAGING SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alan Lane
Award Amount: $69,265.00

FERROFLUIDIC ENHANCEMENT OF CONTACT HEAT TRANSFER COEFFICIENTS AT SPACECRAFT THERMAL AND STRUCTURAL JOINTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roger L Demler , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
The reliable transport of heat by conduction across thermal and structural joints has been identified as a major design challenge for the space station to be launched in the mid-1990s. areas of key concern are the heat acquisition at cold plates, such as currently designed for shuttle experiments,… More

HEAT PIPES FOR HIGH PRESSURE CZHOCHALSKI CRYSTAL FURNACES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew C Harvey
Award Amount: $167,585.00
Abstract:
To reduce the circumferential temperature gradients during the growth of iv - v compounds at high temperatures and pressures (1325 deg c and 60 atmospheres), a heat pipe construction is proposed. the preferred heat pipe is in the form of a single toroid built of a trilayer construction of tungsten,… More

INNOVATIVE CONTINUOUS SLIPFORMING FOR ICBM DEEP BASING TUNNEL LINING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph S Boyce
Award Amount: $265,000.00
Abstract:
Deep basing facilities must be constructed to resist high loads from repeated near surface high yield blasts. the base lining structure must exhibit both compliance and toughness to maintain its integrity. current cast-in-place and precast lining systems coupled with the installation of a separate,… More

IMPROVED SYNTHESIS OF POLY(BENZOBISTHIAZOLE) POLYMERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $175,000.00
Abstract:
Poly [benzo[1,2-d:4,5-d'] bisthiazole-2,6-diyl)-1,4-phenylene], xv ("trans" pbt) is a lightweight, non-conducting, aromatic, heterocyclic ordered polymer that exhibits exceptional mechanical, thermal, chemical and electro-optical properties. however, development of "trans" pbt polymer into advanced… More

COHERENT INFRARED FIBER OPTIC IMAGE BUNDLE FOR AIRCRAFT IR IMAGING SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alan Lane
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
The exact placement and packaging of infrared imaging sensors aboard high performance aircraft is limited by concerns for aircraft radar cross section, aircraft aerodynamics and the fact that each sensor must be closed-coupled to its mated detector/dewar module. present technology limits the ability… More

PINS AND BUSHINGS OF ARTICULATED LANDING GEAR LINKAGE JOINTS IMPROVEMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew C Harvey
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
The costs of repairing worn landing gear linkage joints is prohibitive. since wear is sustained by soft bushings instead of hard pins, the landing gear must be disassembled, the bushings removed, the lugs renovated, and the gear reassembled. this proposal presents means to reduce the cost of joint… More

NONLINEAR OPTICAL MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul J Marinaccio
Award Amount: $188,000.00
Abstract:
Organic polymer materials with highly conjugated pi electrn systems have been shown to exhibit potentially useful third order nonlinear optical properties. polyparaphenylene benzobisthiazole (pbt) has recently been shown to have a high laser damage threshold and a value of x(3) about on the order of… More

HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYIMIDE FILM USING LARC-TPI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
Larc-tpi is a thermoplastic polyimide, developed by nasa to overcome the processing difficulties encountered with conventional polyimides. larc-tpi can be easily cast into astrong tough film, because it is processed from a low-boiling point solvent and imidized at a relatively low temperature. this… More

PHOTODEPOSITION OF FINE LINE COPPER CONDUCTORS FOR HIGH DENSITY MULTILAYER PRINTED WIRING BOARDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Lusignea
Award Amount: $480,000.00
Abstract:
Improvements in very large scale integrated circuits (vlsic) and the development of very high speed integrated circuits (vhic) coupled with the shift to direct surface mounting (dsm) of ceramic chip carriers are pushing the limits of existing multilayer printed wiring board (pwb) constructions. new… More

LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS FOR ADVANCED INTERCONNECT SUBSTRATES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Liquid crystal polymers processed from anisotropic melts can be used for circuit substrates to solve packaging problems facing high performance interconnect board technology. recent advances in smt (surface mount technology), multilayer board construction, and high speed densely packed circuits have… More

STRUCTURAL VELCRO FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,981.00
Abstract:
Foster-miller, inc. has developed a new structural closure technology that is potentially very attractive for space applications. this technology is based on the "velcro" concept of a "tough and close" easily made closure composed of many small elements that engage or hook. however, unlikeregular… More

ORDERED POLYMER FILMS FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BALLOONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,581.00
Abstract:
Scientific research balloons are used to carry instrument payloads into the upper atmosphere. improved materials and designs are needed to enhance the reliability and performance of these balloons. this phase i program seeks to examine an ordered polymer film, pbt (poly-p-phenylene… More

PREDICTIONS OF ROCK ANCHOR CAPACITIES BY UP-HOLE SEISMIC VELOCITY TECHNIQUES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $218,000.00
Abstract:
A method of establishing the holding capacity of rock anchors is proposed. the technique involves improved electronics to establish up-hold seismic profiles. these velocities would provide a quantifiable method of designing anchorages in complex stratigraphies and fractured conditions such as… More

IN-SITU FIBER OPTIC SENSOR FOR FTIR MONITORING OF COMPOSITE CURE CYCLES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John f mccoy
Award Amount: $64,961.00
Abstract:
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ftir) demonstrated in the laboratory is a valuable technique for monitoring the cure cycle in advanced thermosetting composite materials. new infrared transmitting optical fibers offer the promise that this laboratory technology can be moved into a production… More

AUTOMATED FATIGUE CRACK GROWTH MEASUREMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ted e kirchner
Award Amount: $69,812.00
Abstract:
Automated, remote measurement of fatigue crack growth to a precision of 0.025 mm in a temperature field up to 2,000 deg f can be done with a relatively simple, hence low cost system. the key to this system is the sensor, and therefore, we have selected two approaches in two energy ranges (visible… More

LIGHTWEIGHT NON-METALLIC HIGH PERFORMANCE GUN BARRELS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph s boyce
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
The limitations of steel (weight, erosion, corrosion, wear, and dependence on strategic alloying elements) have inhibited the development of extremely high performance military gun barrels. of the many metallic and nonmetallic alternatives to steel, only ceramics enjoy intrinsic immunity to all five… More

FTIR SENSING OF MOLECULAR ORIENTATION FOR NON-LINEAR OPTIC FILMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul j marinaccio
Award Amount: $74,978.00
Abstract:
The application of artificial intelligence techniques to the real time control of polymer processing offers potential for generating materials with improved engineering properties. foster-miller plans to develop methods for expert system control of the processing of liquid crystal polymers. because… More

AIR SEPARATION BY MOLECULAR SIEVE ZEOLITE MEMBRANES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gary czupryna
Award Amount: $59,986.00
Abstract:
Pressure swing absorption systems utilizing molecular sieve zeolites have been used successfully to produce high purity oxygen from air for both large and small scale air separation systems. these systems have been extensively evaluated by the department of defense as life support systems aboard… More

POLYPHOSPHORIC ACID SOLVATED BLENDS AND MOLECULAR COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James racich
Award Amount: $61,021.00
Abstract:
Limitations on the utility of ordered polymers in aircraft and aerospace applications may be overcome through incorporation of coiled-chain polymers into rod-like polymer networks. the proposed program will evaluate a novel approach for processing molecular composites and two-polymer blends, based… More

ENHANCED THERMAL RADIATION MECHANICAL JOINTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr roger l demler
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Cooling the internals of fusion reactors is largely dependent upon radiation. the high vacuum conditions eliminate convection cooling as an option, and fragile materials and large differential thermal expansions make contact conductance problematic. this research is designed to enhance the radiation… More

ION-SELECTIVE CHANNELS IN POLYMERIZED LIPID MONOLAYERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gary czupryna
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The preparation of extended and highly organized, very thin layers of polymers has been an area of intense research interest and is of great relevance to the production of a new generation of ion-selective electrodes having totally nonconventional geometries. one particularly successful method to… More

ORDERED POLYMERS FOR NONLINEAR OPTICAL APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $78,937.00

FIBER OPTIC NON-CONTACT TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR COMBAT VEHICLE TRACKS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John F Mccoy
Award Amount: $64,911.00

IN-SITU FIBER OPTIC SENSOR FOR FTIR MONITORING OF COMPOSITE CURE CYCLES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,951.00

HIGH STRENGTH ELECTRICAL INSULATION COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Richard Weisman
Award Amount: $66,983.00

LIGHTWEIGHT CRYOGENIC FLUID TANKS FOR SPACE-BASED SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $71,555.00

CONTINUOUS FLOW SYSTEM FOR HYBRIDOMA MICROENCAPSULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold Phd
Award Amount: $50,000.00

IMPROVED OPTICAL TRACKING PROCESSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: W E Schroeder
Award Amount: $68,826.00

NOVEL FILTER FABRICATION METHOD FOR OPTICAL PATTERN RECOGNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence Domash
Award Amount: $63,542.00

BISTABLE ORGANIC POLYMER NONLINEAR OPTICAL DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul J Marinaccio
Award Amount: $74,814.00

OPTICAL CELLULAR AUTOMATON COMPUTER FOR MASSIVELY PARALLEL SYMBOLIC PROCESSING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $89,978.00

FIBEROPTIC PROBE FOR BROAD-BAND IN SITU SPECTROSCOPY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Bruce Nappi
Award Amount: $50,000.00

REMOTELY OPERATED MINE DETECTION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Alan J Lane
Award Amount: $65,255.00

THE EFFECTS OF MICROGRAVITY ON TWO-PHASE FLOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wayne S Hill
Award Amount: $62,610.00

THIN-WALLED METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES FOR SPACECRAFT APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,980.00

TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING THE VARIABILITY BETWEEN SPT APPARATUSES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $64,263.00

Z-DIRECTION TAPE REINFORCEMENT FOR COMPOSITE LAMINATES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph S Boyce
Award Amount: $242,000.00
Abstract:
Composite laminates made from conventional graphite-epoxy are prone to delamination due to impact or edge effects. some means of improving compressive strength after impact is desired. stitching is one option, but causes damage to in-plane properties and requires access to both sides of the layup.… More

THIN-WALLED METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES FOR SPACECRAFT APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $499,000.00
Abstract:
Graphite-magnesium and graphite-aluminum mmcs are ideal materials for spacecraft applications owing to their high strength and stiffness, light weight, no out-gassing, good thermal and electrical conductivity, and resistance to the space environment. continuously reinforced, thin-walledmetal matrix… More

IN-SITU FIBER OPTIC SENSOR FOR FTIR MONITORING OF COMPOSITE CURE CYCLES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $495,000.00
Abstract:
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ftir) demonstrated in the laboratory is a valuable technique for monitoring the cure cycle in advanced thermosetting composite materials. new infrared transmitting optical fibers together with recently developed ruggedized ftir instruments offer the promise… More

TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING THE VARIABILITY BETWEEN SPT APPARATUSES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $313,000.00
Abstract:
A method of establishing a standard spt test is proposed. it involves eliminating random error by means of either an automatic trip monkey or a swing-out drop winch. both of the proposed designs can be retrofit to existing hammer systems at minimal cost and expense. in order to eliminate system… More

THE EFFECTS OF MICROGRAVITY ON TWO-PHASE FLOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wayne S Hill
Award Amount: $526,000.00
Abstract:
Two-phase flows will be employed in many of the power generation and thermal management systems currently under development or proposed for future application in space. while the phenomena occurring in two-phase flow have been studied extensively for earth-bound systems, relatively little is known… More

ULTRA HIGH STIFFNESS NET-SHAPE TUBULAR SPACE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ted e kirchner
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Net-shaped tubular extrusions of solution processed ordered (liquid crystal) polymers can be combined with interpenetrating networks (ipns) to produce ultra high stiffness (40 msi), near zero cte (< 1 ppm/degree(c) lightweight (1.56 gm/cc) tubular space structure. our approach is to co-extrude… More

REDUCED WEIGHT GONDOLAS FOR STRATOSPHERIC BALLOONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph boyce
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Stratospheric and research balloons carrying scientific instruments into the upper atmosphere are very sensitive to payload weight. reductions in balloon gondola weight will allow a corresponding reduction in balloon volume required to reach a given altitude resulting in increased system reliability… More

HYBRID MEASUREMENT OF TWO-PHASE FLOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wayne s hill
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The ability to measure the simultaneous liquid and vapor flow rates occurring at various points in a two-phase thermal management system would provide the most direct and accurate means of determining the operating condition of thesystem. short of separating the fluid phases, the only means of… More

NOVEL FILTER FABRICATION METHOD FOR OPTICAL PATTERN RECOGNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence Domash
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Optical pattern recognistion by matched filtering is important for military target identification and industrial robot vision. low cost spatial light modulators have brought the technique closer to practical use but a bottleneck remains in methods to computer synthesize high quality fourier plane… More

ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE NI-CD BATTERY FOR MISSILE APPLICATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ted kirchner
Award Amount: $76,756.00
Abstract:
Nickel/cadmium (ni-cd) batteries have found extensive application in most current aircraft and many current missiles and spacecraft. future high performance craft programs are specifying subsystem weight reduction goals as high as 50 percent with concurrent increases in operable life/reliability. by… More

AIR SEPARATION BY HIGH TEMPERATURE ZEOLITE MEMBRANES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gary czupryna
Award Amount: $59,224.00
Abstract:
The collection and storage of oxygen-enriched air aboard airbreathing propulsion vehicles is necessary to develop fully reusable orbital launch systems. the present air collection and enrichment system (aces) design involves a heat exchanger and a cryogenic rotary air separator. substantial… More

A NEW METHOD FOR THE ULTRASONIC REPAIR OF COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David a evans
Award Amount: $68,824.00
Abstract:
Conventional ultrasonic welding by through-transmission does not work well with thermoplastic composites because the fibers scatter the sound waves. a new method is proposed which focuses the energy at the surfaces to be joined. the method has been shown to be effective in welding other materials… More

LOW COST PREFORMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David evans
Award Amount: $67,808.00
Abstract:
Low cost preforms are essential to achieving economic rtm. no current textile process can produce a complete preform and secondary processes will add to the cost of resin transfer molding. a process for producing an oriented fiber felt is proposed. the felt will allow rapid one-step preforming at a… More

REINFORCED FLUOROPOLYMERS FOR TORPEDO WINDOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert kovar
Award Amount: $50,445.00
Abstract:
Fluoropolymers would make superior torpedo nose windows because they have good sonar range acoustic velocities, self-noise characteristics and are environmentally stable. they do not absorb water and they do not bleed. they are not used now, however, because they creep mechanically and they are… More

ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREME RECORDER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bruce nappi
Award Amount: $49,352.00
Abstract:
A program is proposed which would perform a survey of state-of-theart components and methods to passively monitor and record extremes of temperature, humidity and vibration (shock). the effort will then conceptualize novel approaches and test those approaches in the lab. the goal is a low cost… More

EVALUATION OF HIGH T(C) SUPERCONDUCTORS AS INFRARED DETECTORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John t lennhoff
Award Amount: $69,915.00
Abstract:
The availability of the 1-2-3 superconducting oxides (sco's) in well controlled thin-film form may directly offer the opportunity to produce infrared detectors with wavelength sensitivity out to 20 microns and with frequency responses approaching 100 ghz. extensive research in materials processing… More

PRODUCTION PROCESSES FOR ASSEMBLING CERAMIC TILE ARRAYS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert c sykes
Award Amount: $64,771.00
Abstract:
For a variety of reasons, emphasis on survivability enhancement of army crew served weapons systems is increasing. one accepted approach to achieving this enhancement is up-armoring existing systems with ceramic applique armor. current r&d is highly focused on optimizing the ballistic properties of… More

SOL-GEL BASED CERAMIC CERAMIC COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ross haghighat
Award Amount: $63,422.00
Abstract:
The proposed program will evaluate an innovative new sol-gel process whereby a fully dense, high temperature, high performance twinned sic whisker reinforced lithium alumino silicate (las) glass-ceramic will be produced without a hot-pressing step. the process will allow the formation of new armor… More

ORDERED POLYMER HIGH PERFORMANCE MATRIX FOR AIRCRAFT STRUCTURAL COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ted kirchner
Award Amount: $69,761.00
Abstract:
The key overriding design factor in future high performance aircraft from atf to nasp is weight. weight reduction design goals on these programs are tunning between 30 and 50 percent when compared to current state-of-the-art technology. high performance composite materials are essential to meeting… More

EXPENDABLE SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce nappi
Award Amount: $65,169.00
Abstract:
Today's fighting ships rely heavily on radar and sonar to keep them out of trouble. although sophisticated, these systems still need data on environmental conditions for proper operation. for this reason, it is important to know the temperature of the sea surface in the vicinity of a ship that could… More

SHIPBOARD AUTOMATED WATER QUALITY MONITOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leslie s rubin
Award Amount: $49,938.00
Abstract:
Navy vessels process, utilize and discharge numerous water streams with varying quality/chemistry requirements. because a sound shipboard water system is vital, comprehensive treatment and control procedures have been established by the navy. high priority is given to their implementation and… More

SMALL CRATER BRIDGING MATERIAL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: D randolph berry
Award Amount: $48,536.00
Abstract:
Air force rapid runway repair (rrr) procedures must address small bomb craters from 6 to 10 ft in diameter with little upheave. existing techniques require crater-filling, which is labor, material and equipment intensive. this proposal presents design concepts for crater-covers which will not… More

DEVELOPMENT OF A NON-AZEOTROPIC HEAT PUMP FOR CREW HYGIENE WATER HEATING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David H Walker
Award Amount: $50,000.00

RADIATION INDUCED MODIFICATION OF ORDERED POLYMERS FOR COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $64,780.00

ADVANCED COMPOSITES FOR BODY ARMOR APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $59,963.00

PRESSURE CASTING FOR NEAR-NET SHAPE PRODUCTION OF LOW COST GRAPHITE MAGNESIUM SPACE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $65,943.00

LIGHTWEIGHT HIGH PERFORMANCE CAPACITOR FILM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $60,893.00

ADSORPTION OF MIGRATING CHEMICAL SPECIES BY COMPOSITE POLYMER COATINGS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gary Czupryna
Award Amount: $59,224.00

INTERFACE MODIFIED GLASS FIBER/THERMOPLASTIC MATRIX COMPOSITE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $49,941.00

TECHNOLOGICALLY USEFUL NLO FILMS OF POLYPHENYLENE VINYLENE AND ITS COPOLYMERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $66,733.00

CONTROLLED CTE HIGH PERFORMANCE FILMS FOR SPACE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $50,000.00

HIGH PERFORMANCE PBO (POLYBENZOBISOXAZOLE) FILM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James L Racich
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
The ordered polymers pbt (polybenzobisthiazole) and pbo (polybenzobisoxazole) both hold promise as high strength, thermally stable, chemically resistant and electrically nonconductive materials. whereas pbt has enjoyed rather complete investigation and development in fiber and film form, pbo has… More

FIBER OPTIC NON-CONTACT TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR COMBAT VEHICLE TRACKS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John F Mccoy
Award Amount: $399,998.00
Abstract:
The tracks and track pads of combat vehicles undergo builups in temperature in excess of 300 deg f leading to premature failure of the materials. in order to better understand the effect of repeated temperature excursions in developing improved tracks and track pads, a new method of measuring… More

IMPROVED OPTICAL TRACKING PROCESSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: W E Schroeder
Award Amount: $292,504.00
Abstract:
Much work has been done of late in optical target tracking. the bulk of it has involved centroid tracking, rosette scanning, edge tracking, and "intelligent tracking algorithms" such as bayesian algorithms and other statistical methods. all of these methods suffer from flaws that make the resultant… More

COMPUTER-AIDED DENTISTRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Paul J Marinaccio , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $234,810.00
Abstract:
This proposal will demonstrate the applicability of computersolids modeling to the fields of restorative dentistry and orthodontics. the long-term objective of this work is to develop a device that will capture the three-dimensional geometry of the oral cavity in digital form. the develop- ment of… More

OPTICAL CELLULAR AUTOMATON COMPUTER FOR MASSIVELY PARALLEL SYMBOLIC PROCESSING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Strategic defense computing needs call for massively parallel data processing for battle management, and the ability to go beyond numerical calculations to direct symbolic processing. a new approach to all-optical computing is being studied based on a cellular automaton architecture never before… More

HIGH STRENGTH ELECTRICAL INSULATION COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Richard Weisman
Award Amount: $348,000.00
Abstract:
Electromagnetic guns present an extremely harsh environment for dielectric materials used as insulating rails. the combination of a proprietary aramid and mica paper with an epoxy resin impregnant has been successfully developed to meet the severe mechanical requirementsfor insulation of a high… More

LIGHTWEIGHT CRYOGENIC FLUID TANKS FOR SPACE-BASED SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $296,000.00
Abstract:
Cryogenic fuel tank materials having high specific strength and stiffness, good dimensional stability, and good environmental resistance are needed for using liquid hydrogen and methane fuels in propulsion, transportation and space-based systems. currently used metals lack the desired weight to… More

BISTABLE ORGANIC POLYMER NONLINEAR OPTICAL DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul J Marinaccio
Award Amount: $499,000.00
Abstract:
Optical computing promises to exceed the capability of present day machines by several orders of magnitude. much higher speeds and high information density make optical technology promising for larger scaleparallel processing. new developments in nonlinear optical materials and device fabrication… More

ORDERED POLYMERS FOR NONLINEAR OPTICAL APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $249,973.00
Abstract:
Nonlinear optics (nlo) is increasingly important for a variety of military and commercial needs ranging from new types of laser weapons to fiber optic communications networks. rapid advances in optical phase configuration, optical switching and logic have demonstrated the enormous potential for… More

CONTINUOUS FLOW SYSTEM FOR HYBRIDOMA MICROENCAPSULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold Phd
Award Amount: $484,000.00
Abstract:
The aim of this phase i research is to develop laboratory data on and a theoretical model of an innovative concept of a continuous flow system for the gelation of alginate microencapsulated hybridoma cells and the transfer of the resulting gelled alginate spheres from a toxic calcium environment to… More

CONTROLLED CTE HIGH PERFORMANCE FILMS FOR SPACE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $479,758.00
Abstract:
Btba is a thermoplastic polyimide exhibiting a combination of good processability and high performance (chemical resistance, high mechanical, adhesive, thermomechanical, andthermo-oxidative properties) due to the presence of crystallizable groups within the polymer which introduce semicrystalline… More

DEVELOPMENT OF A NON-AZEOTROPIC HEAT PUMP FOR CREW HYGIENE WATER HEATING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David H Walker
Award Amount: $497,087.00
Abstract:
The proposed concept presented here is a heat pump system designed to provide hot water for crew hygiene aboard the nasa space station. because thermal management and power and water conservation are significant issues, the proposed system is capable of providing a controlled amount of hot water… More

FIBEROPTIC PROBE FOR BROAD-BAND IN SITU SPECTROSCOPY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Bruce Nappi
Award Amount: $481,337.00
Abstract:
Recent developments in new glass optical fibers based on zirconium fluoride (zrf), which transmit light at low lossesover a wide bandpass from 200 nm wave in the ultraviolet (uv) spectrum through the visible spectrum out to nearly 5muweavelength in the mid-infrared (ir) wavelengths, suggest the… More

LIGHTWEIGHT HIGH PERFORMANCE CAPACITOR FILM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $571,480.00
Abstract:
Ordered polymer films processed from polyphenylene benzobisthiazole will be made, tested and evaluated for use in lightweight high performance capacitors for airborne and spaceborne applications with energy storage over 3000 joules per kilogram. space charge shielding near the electrodes will be use… More

INTERFACE MODIFIED GLASS FIBER/THERMOPLASTIC MATRIX COMPOSITE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
Glass fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin composites currently show unsatisfactory performance as a result of inadequate adhesion at the fiber/resin interface. interface modification by application of high temperature polyimide resin coatings to glass fibers will greatly improve glass… More

HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTING (1-2-3) MILLIMETER WAVE MIXER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Anthony A Aponick
Award Amount: $68,650.00
Abstract:
High temperature superconducting (htsc) mixers can offer low-noise performance with gain at frequencies approaching 100 ghz. if gain can be achieved, conversion losses of 2 db can be approached. the use of htsc materials offers drastic reduction of the problems in cooling when compared with low… More

HIGH COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH PBO MICROCOMPOSITE FIBERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $52,993.00
Abstract:
Pbo ordered polymer fibers currently show low compressive strength as a result of microfibrillar buckling. foster-miller proposes to solve this problem by processing pbo fibers into microcomposites, where spaces between microfibrils are filled with specially-selected secondary phase materials. pbo… More

A LIGHTWEIGHT NON-METALLIC HEAT PIPE RADIATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mr John Mccoy
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal identifies an investigation of the feasibility of building a non-metallic heat pipe radiator (nmhpr) for space applications. the concept to be evaluatedbuilds on the hughes aircraft co. and nasa langley concept of a hybrid coupled heat rejection system, but improves on the concept by… More

IMPROVED THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM FOR ADVANCED SOLAR DYNAMIC SPACE POWER GENERATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Philip Stark
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Containment is a major technical issue associated with the use of high temperature phase change materials (pcm's) for transient thermal storage in solar-heated spacecraft power plants. a number of approaches have been examined to date, but none is entirely satisfactory. this proposal recommends for… More

ORGANIC NONLINEAR OPTICAL LIQUIDS FOR DEVICE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $64,989.00
Abstract:
Liquids with the nonlinear optical property of intensity dependent refractive index at picosecond speeds together with such linear optical properties as low absorption and adjustable index are desired for a number of practical device applications such as optical switching and laser hardening.… More

ADVANCED LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER COATINGS FOR HIGH STRENGTH OPTICAL FIBERS FOR AIR-DEPLOYED DATA LINKS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leslie Rubin
Award Amount: $55,691.00
Abstract:
Small diameter high strength optical fibers are needed for new high speed air-deployed data links. current fiber coating technology has been developed for the telecommunications industry and cannot meet military performance needs. fiber coating thickness must be reduced, but this results in low… More

THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE HELICOPTER TAILBOOM FABRICATION USING ULTRASONICALLY HEATED FILAMENT WINDING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Evans
Award Amount: $68,281.00
Abstract:
Advanced airframe structures require composite components to meet weight limitations and performance requirements. thermoplastic composites are candidate materials because of their excellent specific strength, modulus, and interlaminar fracture toughness. one step fabrication methods which… More

GRAPHITE REINFORCED TITANIUM ALUMINIDES FOR THE AEROSPACE PLANE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $62,568.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a high performance graphite fiber-reinforced titanium aluminide composite material, well-suited for aerospace plane structural applications. advantages of graphite fibers over sic as reinforcement for intermetallic compounds include: higher strength, stiffness (using specialty… More

HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTING (BISMUTH) MILLIMETER WAVE MIXER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Anthony A Aponick
Award Amount: $68,650.00
Abstract:
High temperature superconducting (htsc) mixers can offer low-noise performance with gain at frequencies approaching 100 ghz. if gain can be achieved, conversion losses of 2 db can be approached. the use of htsc materials offers drastic reduction of the problems in cooling when compared with low… More

LCP-GRAPHITE COMPOSITES FOR THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE HEAT SINKS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $50,753.00
Abstract:
Liquid crystalline polymers (lcp) reinforced by newly developed ultrahigh conductivity graphite fibers can meet the challenging requirements of thermal management and controlled thermal expansion for naval ship, submarine, aircraft, and space-based electronic devices heat sinks. the proposed effort… More

ACOUSTICALLY DAMPED TORPEDO PROPELLERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G Campbell
Award Amount: $58,348.00
Abstract:
Torpedo propellers are exposed to time varying unsteady forces. these water induced loads create blade vibrations which generate noise. foster-miller proposes to characterize and optimize the high damping and excellent structural properties of graphite fiber reinforced magnesium metal matrix… More

MULTICHIP INTERCONNECT SUBSTRATES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $66,540.00

REMOTE EXTERIOR INSPECTION OF A REACTOR PRESSURE VESSEL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Robert A S Lee , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

BINARY MIXTURES FOR SPACECRAFT HEAT TRANSPORT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Glenn I Deming
Award Amount: $50,000.00

INNOVATIVE PREPREGGING FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE THERMOPLASTICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $50,000.00

IN-PLACE ELECTRICALLY-HEATED REGENERATION OF VAPOR-PHASE ACTUATED CARBON

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold
Award Amount: $57,030.00

HIGH CRITICAL CURRENT DENSITY SUPERCONDUCTING OXIDES VIA A THREE DIMENSIONAL TEMPLATE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $64,353.00

THE USE OF ELASTOMERIC INTERLEAF LAYERS TO IMPROVE THE STRENGTHS OF COMPOSITE UNDERWATER PRESSURE HULLS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Boyce
Award Amount: $60,001.00

ADSORPTION OF MIGRATING CHEMICAL SPECIES BY COMPOSITE POLYMER COATINGS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gary Czupryna
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The integrity of the motor casing insulation/solid propellant bond interface is influenced by the migration of volatile chemical compounds across the interface. liners are presently used to inhibit moisture migration. the proposed program addresses the problem of providing a protective coating to… More

TECHNOLOGICALLY USEFUL NLO FILMS OF POLYPHENYLENE VINYLENE AND ITS COPOLYMERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $499,598.00
Abstract:
Certain conjugated organic polymers possess interesting nonlinear optical properties. to date there exist several of these polymers but although they may have large third order nonlinear susceptibilities, x(3), they may lack the necessary optical quality (linear optical properties), mechanical… More

ADVANCED COMPOSITES FOR BODY ARMOR APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $331,330.00
Abstract:
Forecasts of future battlefield scenarios predict tactical operations that will require soldier mobility and multiple threat protection. present body armor does not protect against low mass, high velocity projectiles such as flechettes. advanced, layered composite body armor will be fabricated that… More

PRESSURE CASTING FOR NEAR-NET SHAPE PRODUCTION OF LOW COST GRAPHITE MAGNESIUM SPACE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $409,000.00
Abstract:
The feasibility is being determined of a low-cost, metal matrix composite (mmc) fabrication technique for near-net shape fabrication of space structural joints that would involve fabrication of a custom-tailored fiber preform and a specialized mold followed by infiltration with molten magnesium… More

RADIATION INDUCED MODIFICATION OF ORDERED POLYMERS FOR COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $409,767.00
Abstract:
Solution processed ordered (liquid crystal) polymers may be modified by exposure to electron or proton beam radiation to produce materials with improved compressive strength, dimensional stability, high specific stiffness, good structural damping, high temperature capability, and environmental… More

MULTICHIP INTERCONNECT SUBSTRATES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $189,000.00
Abstract:
In the phase i program foster-miller will develop an innovative approach to packaging chip-on-board multichip modules using controlled coefficient of thermal expansion (cte), high thermal conductivity substrates and tailored dielectric film layers for interconnection. our approach will overcome four… More

BINARY MIXTURES FOR SPACECRAFT HEAT TRANSPORT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Glenn I Deming
Award Amount: $499,964.00
Abstract:
The proposed concept presented here is a novel heat transport loop for thermal management heat rejection from space vehicles. current waste heat rejection techniques being considered include the use of a single-phase liquid water loop for heat acquisition within the modules. this water loop… More

INNOVATIVE PREPREGGING FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE THERMOPLASTICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $491,860.00
Abstract:
The development of high quality, produceable high temperature thermoplastic/carbon composites is being sought by the aerospace industry. new thermoplastic composites will meet the required high specific performance of all classes of advanced aircraft, will reduce fabrication and life cycle cost and… More

IN-PLACE ELECTRICALLY-HEATED REGENERATION OF VAPOR-PHASE ACTUATED CARBON

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold
Award Amount: $499,807.00
Abstract:
Air stripping is an established method of removing a wide variety of volatile organic contaminants from groundwater. utilization of this process removes the priority pollutant from the liquid stream and discharges the pollutant into the air stream. vapor phase absorption on granular activated carbon… More

HIGH CRITICAL CURRENT DENSITY SUPERCONDUCTING OXIDES VIA A THREE DIMENSIONAL TEMPLATE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $486,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this project is to produce high critical current (jc) superconducting oxide (sco) fibers, films, and shapes by orienting the crystal structure. this is being accomplished by taking advantage of the high temperature capability and open fibillar network of certain liquid crystal… More

REMOTE EXTERIOR INSPECTION OF A REACTOR PRESSURE VESSEL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Robert A S Lee , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,924.00
Abstract:
Currently, in-service inspection and monitoring of flaws in reactor pressure vessels (rpvs) are performed from the vessel interior only during plant refueling outages. this practice is undesirable given the high radiological exposures of operating personnel, safety hazard to crews working over an… More

DEVELOPMENT OF LOW-COST CERM PROCESS TO PRODUCE COMPOSITE SANDWICH PANELS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Doe has indicated an interest in continuous processes for the production of low-cost composites for high high-volume applications. foster-miller is proposing an innovative and low-cost approach for the production of composite sandwich structures. the proposed phase i project will investigate the… More

HEAT PUMP FOR SPACE THERMAL BUS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ken Pasch , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Various space systems will require heat pumps to lift heat to a common thermal bus and radiator system, preferably circulating ammonia (e.g., moon station with a relatively high radiator temperature). a small high pressure compressor is needed, preferably one that avoids the problemof lubricant in… More

HIGH TEMPERATURE (650 DEGREES K) FILM BASED POLYBENZOXAZOLE/POLYIMIDE MICROCOMPOSITE FOR TURBINE ENGINE SUBSTRUCTURE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W. Lusignea , Program Manager
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
High temperature composites must be used more extensively onaircraft turbine engines to meet the higher thrust-to-weightrequirements on all classes of next generation aircraft. wepropose to process a film-based composite of pbo (poly p-phenylene benzobisoxazole) and pmr-ii that will have the… More

MINIATURIZED SOLID-STATE COMPUTER SCREEN DISPLAY SYSTEM WITH INTERACTIVE VOICE CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce Nappi
Award Amount: $51,819.00
Abstract:
Currently, almost all computer systems require bulky human interface devices (large screens and keyboards). in certain spaced-restricted applications such as aircraft and submarines, the benefits of advanced computer technology are foregone because of computer weight and space requirements as well… More

NON-ASBESTOS REPLACEMENT MATERIALS FOR NAVAL AIRCRAFT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Philip Stark
Award Amount: $54,995.00
Abstract:
A two-phase program is proposed in support of navairs mission to eliminate asbestos-containing materials from its aircraft engines. in phase i, a thorough survey will be made of all commercially available, non-asbestos replacement materials. the survey includes review of the patent and research… More

DENTRITES THE SOLUTION TO IMPROVE COMPRESSIVE BEHAVIOR OF COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ramarishna Iyer
Award Amount: $64,991.00
Abstract:
Composites have established their advantageous for high performance and weight reduction, particularly in tension-loaded structures loaded. these materials possess high stiffnesses and tensile strengths combined with low density, and they have become the material of choice in numerous high… More

HIGH ENERGY DENSITY MOLECULAR COMPOSITE CAPACITOR FILM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $65,253.00
Abstract:
State-of-the-art high energy capacitor technology is approaching 3 kj/kg, but it will take a materials breakthrough to reach beyond this goal. a molecular composite consisting of a new polymer and/or blend/copolymers that will be specifically tailored to resist high voltage breakdown and to increase… More

SPIRAL WOUND ION EXCHANGE UNIT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF STERILE WATER FOR INJECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold
Award Amount: $58,013.00
Abstract:
The u.s. army research and development command is developing a water treatment systemm for the preparation of u.s. pharmacopeia (sterile, pyrogen-free) water for injection from potable water sources in a field setting. one important component of the system is an ion exchange unit to polish water… More

ORDERED POLYMERS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE KINETIC ENERGY DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard W Lusignea
Award Amount: $62,139.00
Abstract:
The proposed work will involve evaluation of ordered polymer film and film laminate composites for applications such as rocket motor cases, pressure vessels and other cylindrical components. the objective of theprogram is to make high quality film laminates using fabrication processes that are… More

INTEGRAL CIRCUIT PANEL/FRAME/HEAT SINK

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Phillip Stark
Award Amount: $60,117.00
Abstract:
Cooling of electronics is a critical factor in the design of naval avionics, especially in integrated rack electronics. problems associated with thermal mismatch between frame (usually aluminum) and board (often ceramic) require the use of thick dhesive bonds which introduces high thermal resistance… More

DIVER-INSTALLED RECOILLESS PROPELLANT EMBEDDED ANCHOR (RPEA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $55,846.00
Abstract:
A propellant-actuated anchor usable at any underwater depth or in the open air, that is also light and compact enough for deployment by divers, is desired. wheres existing underwater embedment guns use reaction vessels to resist recoil forces underwater, these guns would recoil high into the air if… More

ELECTROMECHANICAL POWER FOR ELECTRONICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Hans A Hug
Award Amount: $62,684.00
Abstract:
Man-portable electronics equipment such as the mini global positioning system receiver is currently powered by heavy chemical batteries. a wind-up spring device, capable of producing 4w at 12v for 5 min at one winding, would be a desirable substitute for batteries. unfortunately, calculations show… More

STAND-OFF MINEFIELD MARKING FOR VERY SHALLOW WATER (VSW) SURF ZONE AND BEACH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul A Chambers
Award Amount: $56,330.00
Abstract:
Early in the lodgement phase of any amphibious assault is when the landing force is at its most vulnerable. the assault elements must beach and mark cleared lanes in minefields from the very shallow water zone through the surf and across the beach to enable early buildup of effective combat power.… More

CRITICAL HUMIDITY INDICATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Khushroo Captain
Award Amount: $59,891.00
Abstract:
It is established military procedure to store a variety of items for extended periods in sealed, dessicated containers. to ensure proper preservation, it is essential that the relative humidity in the container remain below a certain critical value. container humidity status is monitored by an… More

OPTICAL COMPUTER FOR FRACTAL IMAGE ANALYSIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $59,904.00
Abstract:
Fractal patterns from natural or manmade sources appear in many military image interpretation problems. through experimental tests, theory and design analysis, phase i research will demonstrate the feasibility of constructing an extremely high speed, dedicated optical computer to identify fractal… More

THIN-LAYER CHANNEL MEMBRANES FOR SENSOR APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gary Czupryna
Award Amount: $49,328.00
Abstract:
This study will demonstrate that an ion-selective channel membrane with no counterpart in nature can be used as a biosensor by bringing together the novel combination of highly oriented monolayer films and gramicidin-a. this project will elucidate the molecular orientation mechanism of the… More

NEW STRAIN MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Philip Stark
Award Amount: $61,511.00

SELF-CONTAINED DEPLOYABLE SERPENTINE TRUSS (SCDST) FOR PRELAUNCH ACCESS OF SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER PAYLOADS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew C. Harvey , Senior Staff
Award Amount: $50,000.00

HIGH COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH ORGANIC COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert Kovar
Award Amount: $52,007.00

OPTICAL COMPUTER FOR FRACTAL IMAGE ANALYSIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $59,904.00

SOLID-STATE SPHINCTER MANOMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Bruce Nappi
Award Amount: $46,617.00

HTSC SMALL ANTENNA AND MATCHING NETWORK

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Carles A Carey
Award Amount: $62,811.00

NEW ORGANIC PHOTOREFRACTIVE NONLINEAR OPTICAL MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $59,987.00

ROBOTIC INSTALLATION OF PWR STEAM GENERATOR NOZZLE DAMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,510.00

LARC-TPI/LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER BLENDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: J. J. Gassner , Program Manager
Award Amount: $50,000.00

SPIN-SYNCHRONOUS X-RAY SINOGRAPHY SYSTEM (SXS) FOR IN SITU TURBINE ENGINE FLAW DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Ted E Kirchner
Award Amount: $50,000.00

THERMAL RADIATION INSULATION FOR LONG-TERM CRYOGENIC STORAGE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David H Walker
Award Amount: $55,397.00

PBO/ALFS CABLE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $59,958.00

PBO/ALFS CABLE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ted E Kirchner
Award Amount: $62,844.00

NOVEL COMPOSITES FOR PROTECTION AGAINST ORBITAL DEBRIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ted E. Kirchner , Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $50,000.00

THE USE OF ELASTOMERIC INTERLEAF LAYERS TO IMPROVE THE STRENGTHS OF COMPOSITE UNDERWATER PRESSURE HULLS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Boyce
Award Amount: $321,972.00
Abstract:
Thick composite pressure hulls made to date have exhibited poor compressive strength when compared to thin laminated allowables. a transverse tensile failure mechanism is theorized which is consistent with previous test results. the use of elastomeric interleaves to divide the thick laminate into a… More

ROBOTIC INSTALLATION OF PWR STEAM GENERATOR NOZZLE DAMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $499,324.00
Abstract:
The manual installation of nozzle dams inside the primary channel head of pwr steam generators is one of the most radiation intensive tasks which must be undertaken during a nuclear plant refueling outage. limited space on steam generator platforms, narrow (16 in. diam) access openings into the… More

LARC-TPI/LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER BLENDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: J. J. Gassner , Program Manager
Award Amount: $499,997.00
Abstract:
Nasa's growing demand for spacecraft structures, such as theprecision segmented reflector, truss tubes, and solar cell array panels, requires the development of low coefficient ofthermal expansion (cte) polymers with excellent processibility. we propose to blend novel liquid crystal polymers (lcps)… More

SELF-CONTAINED DEPLOYABLE SERPENTINE TRUSS (SCDST) FOR PRELAUNCH ACCESS OF SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER PAYLOADS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew C. Harvey , Senior Staff
Award Amount: $498,508.00
Abstract:
The self-contained deployable sepentine truss (scdst) is an articulated, modular truss structure and control system capable of snake-like curvature, which is deployed from a relocatable tube, and snakes along a desired trajectory. the system is controlled by an algorithm of linear computational… More

NOVEL COMPOSITES FOR PROTECTION AGAINST ORBITAL DEBRIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ted E. Kirchner , Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $404,856.00
Abstract:
The innovation resulting from the proposed effort will be a unique combination of materials for space bumpers to counterthe threat posed to pressurized vehicles by man-made orbital debris and micrometeoroids in space. the material combinations to be examined include planar composites possessing… More

NEW STRAIN MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Philip Stark
Award Amount: $439,460.00
Abstract:
A major problem facing designers of high temperature structural components is the lack of accurate high temperature mechanical property data. one of the central causes of this problem is the difficulty in attaching strain gauges in a manner which will ensure survival under severe thermal stresses… More

ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN LUBE AND SCAVENGE PUMP SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Andrew C Harvey , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $54,831.00
Abstract:
Currently, the scavenge and lubricating oil pumps for helicopter gas turbine engines are mechanically driven by an accessory gearbox. this imposes undesirable constraints on the design, location, and operation of the pump assembly, and results in greater overall engine weight. in the proposed… More

AEROSPACE HIGH TEMPERATURE WIRE INSULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: K Jayaraj , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $52,824.00
Abstract:
Foster-miller proposes to evaluate a series of new high temperature (over 250oc) materials and identify the most promising materials for use in aerospace wire insulation. we have assembled a uniquely qualified team to accomplish our goal. we have teamed with trw to understand the use requirements… More

PHOTOREFRACTIVE AND ELECTROREFRACTIVE NONLINEAR OPTICAL WAVEGUIDES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $59,985.00
Abstract:
Photorefractive bulk crystals have been the basis for demonstrating many striking phenomena of nonlinear optics but tend to be slow in response speed and suitable only for laboratory research. speed of response, device uniformity and practical applications would be greatly enhanced if… More

COMBAT VEHICLE AUTOMATIC SIGHTING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: William E Schroeder , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $52,113.00
Abstract:
Electro-optical gun control and sighting systems in conventional combat vehicles use manual control devices and trained operators with considerable hand/eye coordination to acquire and track threats in the battlefield environment. existing weapon stabilization systems can be readily retrofitted for… More

NOVEL AIRCRAFT DOOR/PANEL FASTENING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ramakrishna Iyer , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,878.00
Abstract:
This effort is focused on the proof-of-concept of using optional classes of loop and hook material (velcro)r in the development of fastening systems for aircraft doors and panels. system definition, material selection and overall program definition are the ultimate goals of the phase i program.

HIGH FREQUENCY SONAR WINDOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mr Robert Kovar , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,733.00
Abstract:
Sonar windows based upon glass-reinforced epoxy composites currently show unsatisfactory performance in arctic environments as a result of high acoustic insertion losses and susceptibility to damage upon impact or ice loading. foster-miller proposes to investigate new acoustic materials that will… More

LIGHTWEIGHT MULTIPURPOSE INSULATION SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leslie S Rubin , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $55,150.00
Abstract:
A new class of material, organosilicons, have the potential to provide the navy with a "single family" system of insulations that can be used for all shipboard thermal, acoustical and fire barrier applications. the need for such a material arises from the fact that as many as six different… More

CONTINUOUS GENERATION OF SINGLET DELTA OXYGEN AT HIGH PRESSURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $59,962.00
Abstract:
This phase i proposal addresses the development of a mutually impinging spray singlet delta oxygen (sdo) generator (reactor) which will operate at near atmospheric pressure and provide a continuous and steady-state flow of oxygen at a sdo partial pressure of 100 torr. the reactor pressure is at… More

A REMOTE STEAM GENERATOR GIRTH-WELD INSPECTION AND REPAIR SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Curtis Brockelman , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,975.00
Abstract:
Presently, 18 pressurized water reactor (pwr) steam generators in service in the u.s. have cracks identified in the girth welds. experts believe that this number will growmuch larger. the two steam generator models that have experienced girth-weld cracking thus far, the westinghouse model 44 and… More

NO VOC, PLASMA THERMAL SPRAYED, CARC PAINTING TECHNIQUE FOR ARMY TACTICAL EQUIPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Walton , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,898.00
Abstract:
Foster-miller proposes to introduce a technology for applying chemical agent resistant coatings (carc) which could make solvent-based coatings obsolete. the process discharges no volatile organic compounds (vocs) into the atmosphere. in this phase i program, foster-miller will concentrate on using… More

MINIATURE ANGULAR MOTION SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bruce Nappi , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,918.00
Abstract:
This program addresses the development of a microminiature acceleration recorder for monitoring angular motions in human subjects. hybrid circuits and low power cmos technology will be used to implement the recorder element. this will be interfaced with an ibm-pc compatible system for data archive,… More

LOW HALOGEN FLAME RESISTANT JACKET MATERIAL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leslie R Rubin , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $55,757.00
Abstract:
We propose to identify advanced zero-halogen polymers and their blends that will substantially improve the performance of navy shipboardcables. in this project, we will evaluate candidate replacement materials, including both commercially available and state-of-the-art thermoplastics as well as… More

AUTOMATED HIGH SPEED SEQUENCING OF DNA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Nappi, Bruce , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,925.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of the program is the development of a prototype instrument for the automated, high speed sequencing of dna. the project will combine state-of-the-art techniques, focusing particularly on the multiplexed sequencing and direct transfer methods pioneered by dr. g. church and dr.… More

ULTRAHIGH ENERGY STORAGE POLYMER CAPACITORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: K Jayaraj , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $60,110.00
Abstract:
Foster-miller proposes an innovative technique to fabricate all polymer, ultrahigh energy density double layer capacitors to meet space power conditioning needs of the sdi. the foster-miller approach is based on infiltrating an ionically conducting polyelectrolyte with the monomer of an electrically… More

SELECTIVE PASSIVATING FILMS FOR LEAD SOLDER JOINTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $55,313.00
Abstract:
Lead is toxic to humans and substantial, unsafe amounts can be ingested from drinking water supplies utilizing lead pipes or lead soldered joints in copper distribution systems. silicates and phosphates are corrosion inhibitors that are known to prevent the dissolution of lead into water by the… More

LOW-COST HIGH RESOLUTION HOLOGRAPHIC OPTICAL ELEMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $55,012.00
Abstract:
Holographic and binary optical elements (hobo) are required for a wide variety of optical computing systems, and are emerging as an important alternative to conventional optical elements for many commercial and military optical systems. at present, the design and fabrication of hobo is expensive and… More

ANOFA: DEVICE FOR LASER EYE PROTECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $59,960.00
Abstract:
Protection of soldier's eyes from laser hazards to frequency agile pulsed lasers is an unsolved problem. the proposed phase i research will determine the feasibility of a novel image intensitythresholding device called anofa (active nonlinear optical fiber array). recent foster-miller research has… More

CERAMIC SHIELDS FOR SATELLITE PROTECTION AGAINST HYPERVELOCITY IMPACT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $60,444.00
Abstract:
In this effort, foster-miller proposes to examine a truly innovative approach for protecting satellites against debris particles or other projectiles traveling at hypervelocities of 5 to 20 km/sec. to demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, we will conduct a phase i program involving both… More

SMALL LIQUID PUMP FOR SPACE THERMAL SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Small liquid pumps capable of operating with very low suction pressure could be used on satellites and space platforms: for ammonla thermal buses, enhancement of heat pipe radiators, and internal (habitable) thermal control using water. a tiny rotary pump capable of several cm(3)/s flow suitable for… More

DEVELOPMENT OF SYNERGISTIC PREPREGGING TECHNOLOGIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
High-performance, thermoplastic (tp) resins are notoriously difficult to melt-prepreg because of their high viscosities,and high-modulus fibers for advanced composites are difficult to handle and melt-prepreg. two innovative prepregging technologies will be combined with advanced fiber/matrix… More

PERSONAL BENZENE VAPOR DETECTION DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Mark Druy
Award Amount: $47,182.00
Abstract:
We seek the development of a personal wear badge for the accumulated exposure detection of benzene vapor. the badge consists of small sections of optical fiber that have been coated with a membrane specific for the adsorptionof benzene vapor. after exposure the badge is placed in a fourier transform… More

OPTICALLY ACTIVATED HOLOGRAMS FOR FIBER OPTIC SWITCHING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $59,960.00

NOVEL IN-SITU FIBER OPTIC FTIR PROCESS MONITOR FOR CARBON-CARBON STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A Druy , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $60,246.00

NOVEL DENDRITES TO JOIN REFRACTORY COMPOSITES AND DISSIMILAR MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ramakrishna Iyer , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $64,993.00

RECOVERY OF OXYGEN FROM LUNAR SOILS IN A PLASMA REACTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

KEROSENE BASE FUELS IN SMALL GASOLINE ENGINES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $55,001.00

LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS FOR CTE MATCHED PWB'S

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

EMBEDDED FIBER OPTIC SENSOR FOR COMPOSITE FLEXBEAMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $54,806.00

AUTOMATED FORMATION OF NET SHAPE MULTIDIRECTIONAL FIBER ARCHITECTURES FOR TURBINE ENGINE ROTOR BLISKS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $58,033.00

ANOXIC AIR STRIPPING OF GROUNDWATER FOR IRON CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $59,848.00

NOVEL DENDRITES TO JOIN REFRACTORY COMPOSITES AND DISSIMILAR MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph S Boyce , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $66,727.00

VISUAL TRACKBALL SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William E Schroeder , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $52,746.00

REAL-TIME CONTROL OF CURE-ON-THE-FLY (TM) COMPOSITE TAPE LAYING PROCESSES USING FIBER OPTIC FTIR SPECTROSCOPY AND...

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Mark Druy , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $60,800.00

MEASUREMENT OF FLUID QUALITY IN MICROGRAVITY WITH ULTRASOUND

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Wayne S Hill , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $60,026.00

ACTIVE HOLOGRAPHIC SLM FOR OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $59,960.00

OPTICAL COMPUTER FOR FRACTAL IMAGE ANALYSIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $594,415.00

PERSONAL BENZENE VAPOR DETECTION DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Mark Druy
Award Amount: $47,182.00

HTSC SMALL ANTENNA AND MATCHING NETWORK

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Carles A Carey
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
The application of superconductivity to the reduction of hf monopole antennas is investigated. an innovative design is proposed which cannot be implemented in copper because of losses. the design consists of 0.005 wavelength (10 cm at 15 mhz) monopole matched with a unique slow wave delay line. also… More

SOLID-STATE SPHINCTER MANOMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Bruce Nappi
Award Amount: $498,013.00
Abstract:
During this program, a solid-state probe will be developed for use in mapping the pressure distribution within human sphincters. current probes determine pressure by the occlusion of ports on the surface of the probe from which a fluid is perfused. due to constraints of fluid handling, they are… More

MEASUREMENT OF FLUID QUALITY IN MICROGRAVITY WITH ULTRASOUND

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Wayne S Hill , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $500,481.00
Abstract:
The ability to remotely determine the condition of a two-phase flow would be valuable for the diagnosis and operation of advanced space power, thermal management, and fluid management systems. the proposed program will develop a noninvasive ultrasonic film thickness measurement system suitable for… More

SOLID LUBRICANTS FOR AERONAUTICS AND SPACE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Philip Stark , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The innovation we propose is the use of improved cubic boronnitride (cbn) thin films as solid lubricants for long-term nasa space missions. the improved films are deposits using the novel technique of laser ablation. the benefit to nasa is a new solid lubricant film with significantly greater atomic… More

NET FABRICATION OF GRAPHITE/MAGNESIUM MMC SPACE STRUCTURAL JOINT COMPONENTS WITH BUILT-IN METALLIC INSERTS NET SHAPE FABRICATION OF GRAPHITE/MAGNESIUM MMC SPACE STRUCTURAL JOINT COMPONENTS WITH BUILT-IN METALLIC INSERTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
A low-cost mmc fabrication method is proposed for net shape fabrication of space structural joints with built-in metallic inserts. two innovations will be demonstrated during phase i: (a) low cost, reusable tooling to pressure cast gr/mg components to net shape; (b) "built-in" metallic inserts in… More

NOVEL IN-SITU FIBER OPTIC FTIR PROCESS MONITOR FOR CARBON-CARBON STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A Druy , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $494,920.00
Abstract:
Foster-miller proposes to develop a novel fiber optic based fourier transform infrared (ftir) process monitor to sense and control the processing of advanced carbon-carbon composite structures planned for turbine engine, hot structure and space applications. in phase i, foster-miller will… More

EMBEDDED FIBER OPTIC SENSOR FOR COMPOSITE FLEXBEAMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $463,833.00
Abstract:
A novel fiber optic sensor system to monitor the structural integrity of composite flexbeams in bearingless helicopter main rotor hubs is proposed. the sensor system utilizes a short gauge length bragg grating sensor and a manufacturing technique which permits through the thickness (z-direction)… More

ACTIVE HOLOGRAPHIC SLM FOR OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $507,000.00
Abstract:
Emerging optical technologies such as crossbar switching, optical interconnects, optical neural nets of other optical computing architectures all presently rely on one of two types of diffractive elements. spatial light modulators are programmable but have low resolution and low diffraction… More

HIGH SOLIDS, PACKED-BED, PLUG-FLOW MICROBIAL SOLID WASTE PROCESSING MODULE FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Harris Gold , Manager Process Tech Div
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Future space missions, such as space station freedom (ssf), the lunar base, and mission to mars, will involve prolonged life in space, placing new demands on closed loop environmental control and life support system (eclss) technology. regenerative systems, which have already been developed for air… More

LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS FOR CTE MATCHED PWB'S

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $491,455.00
Abstract:
This project addresses the use of liquid-crystal polymer (lcp) materials and processes to farbicate laminated printed-circuit boards (pcb) with the in-plane coefficient of thermal expansion (cte) matched to the ceramic-chip carriers (6 to 7 ppm/degrees centigrade) and the out-of-plane cte below 30… More

RECOVERY OF OXYGEN FROM LUNAR SOILS IN A PLASMA REACTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $494,470.00
Abstract:
The specific focus of this project is a plasma process for the recovery of oxygen at high yield from minimally beneficiated lunar soils. in the process, the soil is dissociated into its elements in a plasma arc, and the oxygen is recovered by quenching the product mix. the objective of the phase i… More

AN INTEGRATED MODELING TOOL FOR RAPID ASSESSMENT OF RELIABILITY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $58,136.00
Abstract:
Analysis tool to provide reliability assessment of microelectronic devices/ assemblies subjected to thermal and mechanical stresses. foster-miller will use a unique modeling approach, known as "bond graph technique", to model and assess reliability in coupled energy domains (electrical, thermal, and… More

STRUCTURAL RESIN TRANSFER MOLDING OF THERMOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS FOR SOLID ROCKET MOTOR CASE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Deborah Tuohy
Award Amount: $56,681.00
Abstract:
Foster-miller proposes to develop a structural resin transfer molding (srtm) process for thermotropic liquid crystal polymers (tlcps) using innovative proceeding techniques. development of our proposed processing technology will enable the use of tlcps as matrix materials for composites and result… More

Composite Photorefractive Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Parviz Tayebati, Phd
Award Amount: $49,692.00
Abstract:
Photorefractive materials are by far the most efficient NLO materials for many of the most dramatic and potentially useful phenomena of nonlinear optics at low powers. Unfortunately, the existing photorefractive materials with large nonlinearities (LiNbO3, KNbO3, and BaTiO3) are far too slow, and… More

MOTIONLESS SUPERCONDUCTING FLUX PUMP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Cope
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Magnetic energy can be kept for an indifinitely long period of time without significant energy loss in superconducting energy stores. efficient accumulation and delivery of the energy to a load, however, remain as technological problems. the superconducting flux pump is one device which has been… More

Energy-Absorbing Structural Epoxy Resin for "Silent" Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $52,255.00
Abstract:
1Advanced underwater vehicles currently require a thick outer coating of elastomer to dampen noise radiating from excited structures to seawater. This increases weight, size, drag and detectability if the coating is damaged. Foster-Miller proposes to reduce the acoustic coating requirement more than… More

IMPROVING THE AVAILABILITY OF DIFFRACTIVE OPTICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Domash
Award Amount: $49,546.00
Abstract:
Diffractive elements for the subdivision, redirection or shaping of laser beams are an increasingly important component requirement for emerging laser-based technologies of optical computing, optical interconnects, and holographic data storage systems. To date, however, the software and fabrication… More

Interactive 3D Display System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: W.e. Schroeder
Award Amount: $51,642.00
Abstract:
Standard CRT display technology does not work well in Lofargram analysis. CRTs induce fatigue which reduces user effectiveness. This program proposes use of a new computer interface device which allows both the generation of more effective (data-rich) displays and faster more intuitive interaction… More

INNOVATIVE FERROMAGNETIC SENSORS/INSTRUMENTATION TO MONITOR AIRCRAFT AGING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ramakrishna Iyer
Award Amount: $59,757.00
Abstract:
Current operational metal aircraft are getting older and newer ones use more composite materials. the design of both the current and new aircraft is based on a damage tolerant philosophy. this implies that the aircraft should sustain the regulatory fail-safe loads in the presence of defeats, until… More

SMART, REUSEABLE AND ADAPTIVE INSERTS FOR AIRCRAFT FASTNERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ramakrishna Iyer
Award Amount: $59,405.00
Abstract:
A typical aircraft requires extensive amounts of fasteners. Due to the harsh environment to which those fasteners are subjected locking systems for threaded connections are seriously critical to aircraft integrity. The most challenging environmental issue is the timperature range (-65F to +800F) in… More

Superior Gr/Cu SEM-D Heat Sink

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Uday K. Kashalikar
Award Amount: $49,996.00
Abstract:
1In submarine electronics modules, heat dissipated by electronic devices is typically transported along the length of the heat sink (upon which ICs are mounted) to the water cooled side walls. The current pure copper SEM-D heat sink limits the power dissipation per card to 26W in order to maintain… More

Holographic Controlled Reflectivity/Emissivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Domash, Phd
Award Amount: $58,737.00
Abstract:
The ability to continuously change the thermal reflectivity/emissivity of external spacecraft surfaces at will or automatically through a low voltage holographic film with no moving parts would have considerable performance, reliability, and cost impact on military and commercial spacecraft.… More

Holographic Multiplexing for 3D Optical Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Domash, Phd
Award Amount: $51,020.00
Abstract:
Optical 3D data storage research has focussed on developing materials with little consideration given to basic system architecture questions. Basic design choices remain to be made; a key issue is bit versus wavefront recording schemes. These issues can only be resolved by demonstrating real… More

Bacteriorhodopsin Films for Sensor Survivability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Phd
Award Amount: $56,268.00
Abstract:
An advanced laser on the battlefield is no ordinary weapon. Nor is it one that is easily defended against. Intense, coherent radiation from lasers can damage delicate sensors, the so-called "eyes of battle" or blind human eyes in a matter of microseconds -- so quickly that targets are destroyed… More

HTSC SUPERCONDUCTING SHIELDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Dr David Cope , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $49,934.00
Abstract:
The problem of shielding large areas of the passenger compartment from the residual magnetic field emanating from the drive and levitation magnets is addressed using an active/passive high temperature superconducting shield. the large area shields required by maglev and the residual field level make… More

SERVICE TOUGH COMPOSITE PANEL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $56,543.00
Abstract:
1Advanced composite materials such as carbon/epoxy are prone to delamination or splitting between the piles caused by handling or service impacts. Delamination is often internal and is difficult to detect even with sophisticated instrumentation. Critical components must be designed for conservative… More

ADVANCED BRAIDED STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $52,674.00

THERMALLY EFFICIENT, LOW COST 3-D MULTICHIP MODULES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $52,533.00

A SUBCRITICAL LIQUID OXYGEN SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT OF A SUBCRITICAL LIQUID OXYGEN SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David H. Walker , Technology Area Leader
Award Amount: $50,000.00

NONPLASTIC SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PLASTIC MILK BLADDER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Tom Walton
Award Amount: $51,461.00

KEROSENE BASE FUELS IN SMALL GASOLINE ENGINES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $553,273.00

LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER CRYO COMPOSITE TANK

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marvin Guiles
Award Amount: $62,217.00

NOVEL DENDRITES TO JOIN REFRACTORY COMPOSITES AND DISSIMILAR MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph S Boyce , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,513.00

Environmentally Safe Biodegradable Polymer Chaff

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $54,846.00

HTSC COMPACT HIGH FREQUENCY ANTENNA ARRAYS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Charles Carey
Award Amount: $60,296.00

THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE REFRIGERANTS FOR MISSILE GUIDANCE COOLING SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David H. Walker
Award Amount: $57,608.00

PBO/ALFS CABLE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $500,000.00

THREE-YEAR SHELF LIFE, HIGH BARRIER FOOD CONTAINER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin
Award Amount: $52,100.00

Zero VOC Thermal Sprayed Painting Process for U.S. Naval Equipment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas C. Walton
Award Amount: $49,414.00

A STEAM GENERATOR UPPER BUNDLE INTERTUBE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE ROBOT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. J. Timothy Lovett
Award Amount: $50,000.00

NEW ORGANIC PHOTOREFRACTIVE NONLINEAR OPTICAL MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash
Award Amount: $649,841.00
Abstract:
Many of the most dramatic and potentially useful phenomena of nonlinear optics -including optical phase conjugation, neural network optical computing, and real-time holography -have been discovered using photorefractive crystals at low cw laser powers. unfortunately, existing inorganic… More

PBO/ALFS CABLE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ted E Kirchner
Award Amount: $575,000.00
Abstract:
Airborn low frequency sonar (alfs) cables made with current state-of-the-art materials make precise depth control difficult and threaten helicopter safety during retrieval. stretch can be limited by reducing stress (larger diameter) but this adds unacceptable weight and handling characteristics,… More

AUTOMATED FORMATION OF NET SHAPE MULTIDIRECTIONAL FIBER ARCHITECTURES FOR TURBINE ENGINE ROTOR BLISKS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $516,154.00
Abstract:
Candidate materials being considered for future high performance turbine engines include ceramic matrix, intermetallic matrix, and advanced carbor-carbon composites. current fiber placement techniques are inadequate to fabricate the complex, multidirectional preforms required for blades, vanes,… More

ANOXIC AIR STRIPPING OF GROUNDWATER FOR IRON CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $465,319.00
Abstract:
Air stripping is one of the most economical processes for the removal of volatile organic ehmicals (vocs) from groundwater. however, under some conditions, the formation of scale and slime due to the oxidation of dissolved iron fouls the packing and reduces air flow and treatment efficiency. the… More

VISUAL TRACKBALL SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William E Schroeder , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,975.00
Abstract:
The eye-s ability to rapidly shift line of gaze in a changing visual environment makes it potentially an ideal input device for man-machine interface applications. over the last 25 years, techniques have been developed to monitor eye position. for a variety of reasons, including cost, complexity,… More

OPTICALLY ACTIVATED HOLOGRAMS FOR FIBER OPTIC SWITCHING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Lawrence H Domash , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $591,703.00
Abstract:
Sensitive, high speed nonlinear optical materials are desired for many emerging optical technologies including fiber optic switching, optical interconnects, laser hardening and optical computing. no presently available solid third-order material offers large nonlinear effects and picosecond speeds… More

A SUBCRITICAL LIQUID OXYGEN SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT OF A SUBCRITICAL LIQUID OXYGEN SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David H. Walker , Technology Area Leader
Award Amount: $474,475.00
Abstract:
The present primary life support system (plss) utilizes highpressure gaseous oxygen for operation, which represents a significant safety risk and potential logistics problems forfuture missions. the use of subcritical liquid oxygen for pplss offers many advantages, but previous attempts at using lox… More

LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER CRYO COMPOSITE TANK

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marvin Guiles
Award Amount: $739,438.00
Abstract:
Significant weight reduction and improvement in thermal management can be achieved in cryogenic tank systems through the extensive use of liquid crystal polymer (lcp) materials. such a system will be designed in the phase i program based on our eight year experience in process and application… More

A STEAM GENERATOR UPPER BUNDLE INTERTUBE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE ROBOT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. J. Timothy Lovett
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Steam generator tube fouling is degrading the performance of one in three u.s. pressurized water reactors. the severity of the tube fouling and the number of plants affected are expected to increase as the plants age. as they build up on tube surfaces, corrosion products act as an insulator and… More

THREE-YEAR SHELF LIFE, HIGH BARRIER FOOD CONTAINER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin
Award Amount: $249,888.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop polymeric substrates that can be fabricated into containers for thermostabilized meal tray (tmt) rations which provide a three-year shelf life. these polymeric tmts will provide the military with a new class of single serving thermoprocessed food containers. in addition, these… More

THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE REFRIGERANTS FOR MISSILE GUIDANCE COOLING SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David H. Walker
Award Amount: $745,179.00
Abstract:
The u.s. air force is presently preparing plans for the phase out of atmospheric ozone depleting substances, such as cfc and hcfc refrigerants. one of the more difficult applications to address is the cooling components associated with guided missile weapon systems, which presently employ either… More

NONPLASTIC SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PLASTIC MILK BLADDER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Tom Walton
Award Amount: $226,055.00
Abstract:
Linear low density polyethylene (lldpe) and other plastic wastes used for food-contact packaging applications such as milk bladders are currently jettisoned into the sea from our navy's 600 vessel fighting fleet by the order of thousands of pounds every month. this is an environmentally unacceptable… More

Out-of-Furnace Brazing Technology for Assembly of Large Carbon-Carbon Space Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $68,079.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller has previously developed an attachment scheme for 2-D carbon-carbon (C/C) composites which, compared to a conventinal braze or mechanical joint, would enhance the thermal and mechanical efficiency of space structures. Developed for NASP applications, the design is comprised of a metal… More

Innovative Low Cost, Lightweight Sandwich Cores

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr John J. Gassner
Award Amount: $69,869.00
Abstract:
The availability of lightweight, low cost core materials for sandwich construction could dramatically improve Air Force composite structures across-the-board. In this program, Foster-Miller will demonstrate the huge advances that are possible by applying advanced materials technology, including… More

Visual Targeting System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arthur D. Jackson
Award Amount: $63,326.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller contends that with the recent developments in the state of the art in man-machine interfaces, that weapon system developers should start to develop systems that augment the soldier's natural abilities. Research indicates that there is no mechanical tracker now or expected in the far… More

Modified Z-Direction Fiber Reinforcement Processes for Advanced Heat Exchangers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $79,839.00
Abstract:
An existing hypersonic vehicle design code predicts EISP performance increases of 200-400 seconds over traditional single-stage-to-orbit configurations. If realized, such increases may have profound effects on the vehicle weight and maximum air-breathing Mach number. To date, these improved results… More

Novel E-O Polymers: NLO Materials with Superior Temporal Stability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Parviz Tayebati
Award Amount: $69,452.00
Abstract:
Electro-optic polymers are of major interest in areas of high frequency modulation (100 GHz) for fiber optic communication systems, laser beam scanners, and frequency doubling of lasers for high density optical data storage. For these applications, electro-optic polymers present major advantages… More

Integrated Packages Using Innovative High Temperature Packaging/Interconnect with Metal/Ceramic Bonding

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $68,154.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop processes for GaAs semiconductor interconnection on diamond and silicon carbide substrates for (MMIC) modules. Foster-Miller also proposes to develop high temperature bonding processes for bonding copper heat-sinks to diamond and silicon carbide substrates for… More

Functionally-Gradient Sol-Gel Coatings for Aircraft Aluminum Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr William E Dorogy Jr
Award Amount: $69,325.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. approach is to generate functionally gradient sol-gel coatings in a single step process to replace the standard and water intensive process of chemical or electrolytic pretreatment (generating an alumina layer) followed by primer (containing corrosion inhibitors) application.… More

Vibration-Insensitive Reconfigurable Optical Interconnects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence H. Domash
Award Amount: $69,581.00
Abstract:
The development of very high bandwidth reconfigurable optical interconnects is one of the important goals of present optics research. Direct broadcast interconnect schemes offer the advantage of high data rate free-space optical signals and an inherent immunity to vibration. However, in the past… More

Effective NDE of Composites Through High Resolution Areal Tomosynthesis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ted E Kirchner
Award Amount: $67,194.00
Abstract:
Modern composites are complex, anisotropic and have a propensity to hide flaws and impact damage. Because current NDE techniques are inadequate, the full benefits of composites are unrealized as all these uncertainties demand greater safety factors that result in structures two to four times as… More

Low Cost, Radiation Hard, Area I/O Electronic Package

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $66,552.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop a low cost, thermally efficient, high input/output advanced electronic package using our innovative liquid crystal polymer technology. Liquid crystall polymer with low moisture permeability provides a hermetic seal in the interconnect. Laser drilled blind vias allow… More

A Reinforced Plastic Construction Material Made Entirely from Recycled Wastes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kent G. Blizard
Award Amount: $59,951.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to utilize commingled plastics from the municipal waste stream as matrices in reinforced construction materials. The reinforcement will consist of scrap "prepreg" such as graphite/epoxy from the industrial waste stream. By utilizing entirely recycled feedstock (both matrix and… More

TREATMENT OF SOILS CONTAMINATED BY EITHER MERCURY OR DEPLETED URANIUM BY SUPERCRITICAL FLUID EXTRACTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold
Award Amount: $66,149.00
Abstract:
Some Department of Defense facilities have soils contaminated by mercury and depleted uranium. The proposed program addresses the removal of these metals by depleted uranium. The proposed program addresses the removal of these metals by supercritical carbon dioxide fluid extraction using an… More

JOINT ELECTROOSMOTIC PURGING OF DNAPLS FROM SATURATED SOILS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold
Award Amount: $67,908.00
Abstract:
The process of "pumping" water by electroosmosis has been used for dewatering and stabilizing soils since the 1930s, and has more recently been evaluated for treating groundwater contaminated with dossolved organics and toxic metals. Electroosmosis is particularly effective in fine pores where… More

Laser Beam Steering Via the Pockels Effect

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Arthur Nelson
Award Amount: $55,032.00
Abstract:
Nonlinear optical polymer (NLOP) materials offer important advantages over ferroelectric (LiNbO3) and semiconductor (GaAs) materials for the fabrication of very high speed elector-optic devices, including modulators, switches, and multiplexers. The basic electronic interaction in NLOP yields high… More

Innovative Pulse Fired Instant Hot Water Heater

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Hans Hug
Award Amount: $50,911.00
Abstract:
Current hot water heating is done with antiquated immersion heaters in can or in pots held over burners. Such batch type heaters are very slow and inefficient and have no provision for filling the tank from its source of cold water, nor for supplying a pressurized flow for effective use of the hot… More

Planar Integration for Nonlinear Micro-Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Parviz Tayebati
Award Amount: $55,253.00
Abstract:
A variety of useful optical and electro-optical elements are normally fabrication-incompatable in that they cannot be grown on the same substrate. The ability to integrate and interconnect incompatible nonlinear and linear devices would have considerable impact on a wide range of optical and… More

A SMART NDE TECHNIQUE FOR METALLIC AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ramki Iyer
Award Amount: $62,195.00
Abstract:
As the existing aircraft fleet ages, concerns over fatigue failure become more urgent. Frequent inspection intervals become necessary as dictated by the worst case aircraft of that make/model. These inspections usually require aircraft teardown which could cause damage itself. Individual aircraft… More

Fractal Image Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence H. Domash
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Fractal mathematical concepts are useful for modeling natural image backgrounds (foliage, clouds, sand dunes) and can help discriminate target from background in IR/thermal images on the basis of fractal dimension - particularly useful in a multiband data environment requiring sensor fusion. Similar… More

Infantry Fighting Position - Overhead Cover and Revetment System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Chambers
Award Amount: $49,893.00
Abstract:
The rapidity with which reconnaissance assets can locate and identify defensive perimeters and the speed with which fire can be brought to bear on that target dictate that U.S. Army must be capable of providing its infantry and other ground forces a means of protecting their infantry fighting… More

Advanced Material Gun Barrel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell
Award Amount: $52,299.00
Abstract:
Improvement to machine gun type automatic weapons is limited by the wear and erosion rates on current gun barrel materials. The technology exists for increasing rates of fire and muzzle velocities with new projectiles. These advanced projectiles develop significantly higher flame temperatures and… More

Jet Fueled 500 Watt Micro-Generator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Demler
Award Amount: $64,977.00
Abstract:
The goal is to quietly provide 500W of electrical power for 6 hours from 8 kg including fuel, from an 8 liter package. Each additional kg of fuel, be it jet, diesel, or gasoline will provide another 3 hours of power. Foster Miller has developed technology for starting and running small spark… More

ENVIRONMENTALLY DEGRADABLE CHAFF PACKET

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $58,064.00
Abstract:
Chaff dispensed from under the aircraft wing in plastic packets is effective against radar threats and provides added space for protection against IR threats. However, falling packets can strike the wing causing damage, and the release of non-degradable packets that might be toxic to fish and… More

GRID: Time-Based Seismic/Acoustic Multiple Submunition Function and Localization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $50,742.00
Abstract:
The proposed technique uses a mix of time-based acoustical and seismic information which will not only determine the functionality of the individual submunitions, as well as determine the location of their detonations. This is accomplished real-time, remotely and automatically. By optimizing the… More

ELECTRIC FIELD UP/DOWN SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bruce Gamble
Award Amount: $61,730.00
Abstract:
Al for air vehicle electronics protection and route planning.

AH-1W BALLISTIC TOLERANCE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arthur D. Jackson
Award Amount: $54,795.00
Abstract:
The problem - The AH-1W requires additional armor protection to improve the aircraft and aircrew ballistic tolerance. Foster-Miller proposes to develop a solution to this problem through an analysis of three interconnected variables which will result in an AH-1W ballistic tolerance system. The three… More

MULTISTAGE BIO-REACTOR FOR BIO-REMEDIATION OF SOILS CONTAMINATED WITH TNT AND RDX

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John F. Mccoy
Award Amount: $64,692.00
Abstract:
Remediation of soils at ordnance sites contaminated with TNT and RDX pose unique scientific and engineering challenges. Bio-remediation has potential advantages over thermal processing of incineration for these explosive materials. However, the biological pathways for degredation of… More

Arthroscopic Measurement of Joint Contact Pressures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Bruce Nappi
Award Amount: $49,946.00
Abstract:
We will developed for the arthroscopic measurement of joint contact pressures in the human knee. This device will be used intraoperatively to measure the joint pressure distribution in cases of chondromalacia, as a means of diagnosing the pathologic state of the knee, in cases of patellofemoral pain… More

Novel Infrared Fiber Optic Sensor for In Field ID of Hazardous Waste Solutions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $68,276.00

Mission Function Automation System - AVLB

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ramki Iyer
Award Amount: $49,488.00

Less Than Lethal Ballistically Deployed Sting Nets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $49,966.00

HIGH-SPEED SWITCHES FOR MAGLEV VEHICLES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Dr Richard R Fontana , Seniro Engineer
Award Amount: $49,901.00

Lightweight, High-Strength PBO Structures for High-Altitude Subsonic Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin
Award Amount: $50,000.00

High Reliability, Low-Cost RTM Preforms for Solid Rocket Motor Nozzles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Resistance Heating of Zeolites and Silica Gels for the Removal of Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Rapid High Quality Field Repair Methods for Thick Section Composite Vehicle Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Gassner
Award Amount: $52,839.00

Low-Cost, High-Performance Multichip Packages for Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Energy Absorptive Lightweight Syntactic Foam

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $59,572.00

Reconfigurable Holographic Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence H. Domash
Award Amount: $69,332.00

High Thermal-Thickness Thermal Cunductivity for Thermal Management in Advanced Composite Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas G Campbell
Award Amount: $69,957.00

UTILIZATION OF SCRAP PREPREG WASTES AS A REINFORCEMENT IN A WHOLLY RECYCLED PLASTIC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr Kent G Blizard
Award Amount: $49,951.00

Electrochemical Concentration and Purification of Spent Sodium Bicarbonate Blasting Media

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Harris Gold
Award Amount: $72,306.00

Biodegrdable Plastic Media Blast Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $69,823.00

FIBER OPTIC DIFFUSE REFLECTANCE (DRIFT) SENSOR FOR NDE/I OF IMIDE BASED COMPOSITES DEGRADATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark A. Druy
Award Amount: $50,484.00

LEMMINGS - A SWARMING APPROACH TO SHALLOW WATER MINE FIELD CLEARANCE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $61,191.00

Truss Climbing Robot

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Fontana
Award Amount: $49,827.00

Lightweight Graphite-Aluminum Space Radiators for Thermal Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $50,000.00

APPLICATION OF ADVANCED INTERSECTING STRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE COST AND WEIGHT OF AIRFRAME COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Glenn A. Freitad
Award Amount: $69,110.00

Mission Function Automation - AVLB

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Chambers
Award Amount: $50,134.00

Bacteriorhodopsin Spatial Light Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $58,325.00

Improved Toughness Ballistic Protective Fiber Through Molecular Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar
Award Amount: $51,889.00

Ferromagnetic Polymers for Industively Coupled Fuzes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Or. Mark A. Druy
Award Amount: $67,063.00

ADVANCED BRAIDED STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $254,303.00
Abstract:
Braiding is a potentially efficient cost-effective process for producing composite structures. braiding can accommodate local build-ups, ply dropoffs, conical shapes, and quick angle changes. the interlocking of a braided structure has been shown to increase damage tolerance. simple modifications to… More

High Thermal-Thickness Thermal Cunductivity for Thermal Management in Advanced Composite Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas G Campbell
Award Amount: $148,716.00
Abstract:
There is a need to minimize the optical signature of Air Force aircraft. The infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum is of special concern. Foster-Miller proposes to develop a through-the thickness high thermal conductivity composite laminate using our proprietary z-fiber technology. This… More

Bacteriorhodopsin Spatial Light Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $374,255.00
Abstract:
Spatial light modulators (SLM's) are critical components of optical devices but currently show slow response times, low sensitivity, poor resolution and short lifetimes. Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) is the best candidate for SLM's because it exhibits picosecond response, high quantum yield, sensitivity to… More

APPLICATION OF ADVANCED INTERSECTING STRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE COST AND WEIGHT OF AIRFRAME COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Glenn A. Freitad
Award Amount: $291,500.00
Abstract:
The composites industry has spent several years developing material systems for aircraft structure. Confidence has been built applying composites to such aircraft as the A6, V22, B2, and F22 Prototype. Now that composites materials have been proven the focus is shifted to obvious limitations in… More

Novel Infrared Fiber Optic Sensor for In Field ID of Hazardous Waste Solutions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A Druy
Award Amount: $275,000.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. proposes to develop a novel fiber optic infrared spectro-scopic probe to allow the rapid and easy identification of organic components in hazardous waste solutions collected at Air Force sites. This unique portable instrument will make it possible for the first time for… More

Reconfigurable Holographic Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence H. Domash
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The development of an all solid-state, rapidly tunable optical filter will offer important advantages for many applications, including optical surveillance sensors, optical communications, optical computing and related areas. The replacement of larger, bulk-optic mechanical systems will result in… More

Ferromagnetic Polymers for Industively Coupled Fuzes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Or. Mark A. Druy
Award Amount: $492,975.00
Abstract:
Inductive couplers are foreseen as an implement to modular design of advanced fuzes. Ferrite pot cores have been used for increased coupling efficiency, but are undesirable for use in hard target penetrator weapons due to their brittleness. Recently, magnetic ordering phenomena have been observed in… More

Mission Function Automation - AVLB

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Chambers
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
The AVLB is a combat system employed in the assault phase of land operations to provide a means for rapid narrow gap crossing. This mission dictates that the AVLB often leads the way and hence can be subject to direct and indirect enemy fire. This fact suggests the minimization or total removal of… More

Mission Function Automation System - AVLB

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ramki Iyer
Award Amount: $504,243.00
Abstract:
Advanced composite materials are finding new applications in critical components of military and commercial equipment to exploit their synergistic properties. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor in real-time the integrity of critical composite components during the manufacturing processes.… More

Biodegrdable Plastic Media Blast Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $374,970.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a new class of Biodegradable PMB (BPMB) material that will efficiently remove paint from metal and composite surfaces of aircraft structures and components. The aggressiveness of this new blast medium will be tailorable to meet the requirements of specific applications. In… More

FIBER OPTIC DIFFUSE REFLECTANCE (DRIFT) SENSOR FOR NDE/I OF IMIDE BASED COMPOSITES DEGRADATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark A. Druy
Award Amount: $574,224.00
Abstract:
ing by the navy during Phase II.

Man-Portable Vehicle Barrier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Sykes
Award Amount: $69,292.00
Abstract:
There is a need at U.S. Navy and other armed service facilities for improved vehicle barriers which can be deployed quickly. These barriers, or vehicle disabling devices, must reliably stop vehicle threats from entering secure zones. This Phase I project will de- fine explicit performance criteria… More

INTUMESCENT POLYMER INSULATION FOR SUBMARINE PIPING SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mr Robert Kovar
Award Amount: $69,879.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a new class of insulation that meets the performance of the currently used polyphosphazene foram insulation while being more economical, and providing improved fire performance. our technical approach combines three enabling technologies to produce an innovative insulation that… More

UTILIZATION OF SCRAP PREPREG WASTES AS A REINFORCEMENT IN A WHOLLY RECYCLED PLASTIC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr Kent G Blizard
Award Amount: $164,668.00
Abstract:
Foster-miller proposes to utilize scrap prepreg waste as a reinforcement in recycled polyethylene. by reinforcing recycled plastics such as polyethylene with scrap prepreg and suitable binders, an economical useful product can be obtained. at the same time, this innovation will also help to reduce… More

High Performance Microcellular Foam Core

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr John J Gassner
Award Amount: $58,837.00
Abstract:
In this effort, Foster-Miller proposes to use the power of supercritical fluid processing to produce advanced thermoplastic foam core materials for high performance aircraft. In commodity polymers, this process has demonstrated the ability to produce trillions of cells per cubic centimeter of parent… More

Fluted-Core Braiding for Flexible-Blanket-Insulation Thermal Protection Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
Tailorable Advanced Blanket Insulation (TABI) has been developed as a thermal protection system for future transatmospheric vehicles. TABI is produced in weaving looms at low rates and is very expensive. Foster-Miller proposes an improved textile process for TABI. Two flat braiders simultaneously… More

Cryogenic-Based Environmental Control for the Extra-Vehicular Mobility Unit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Walker
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The present NASA extravehicular mobility unit employs several complex systems to provide metabolic cooling, breathing oxygen and CO2 and water vapor removal. We propose here to develop a cryogen- based environmental control system that will perform all these functions in a simple and reliable… More

3-D Graphite-Copper Composite Heat Exchanger

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashailkar
Award Amount: $58,941.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes a 3-D graphite-copper (Gr/Cu) composite to meet the strength and transverse thermal conductivity criteria set forth in the solicitation. In conjunction with the NASP office of Rocketdyne, Phase I will develop this unique composite to replace the current NARloy Z heat exchanger… More

High Reliability, Low Cost Rigid-Flex PWBs Using Liquid Crystal Polymers with Enhanced Dielectric Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Noll
Award Amount: $78,996.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop low cost rigid-flex materials based on their innovative Liquid Crystal Polymer technology. The LCP materials have excellent thermal and mechanical properties. LCPs are high temperature thermoplastics that eliminate the need for adhesion layers that cause many of the… More

NONLINEAR OPTICAL SWITCH IN RARE-EARTH DOPED FLUORIDE GLASS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Arthur Nelson
Award Amount: $64,933.00
Abstract:
The development of a national fiber optic communications network has recently been proposed as an important objective of overall infrastructure development in order to maintain and improve u.s. competitiveness in high technology. optical switching plays an important role in the functioning of many… More

Integral Circuit Panel/Frame/Heat Sink

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel E. Bullock
Award Amount: $57,890.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop a novel translaminar embedded fiber optic sensor system to measure residual stresses in graphite/epoxy composites. The proposed system has been demonstrated by Foster-Miller to successfully monitor the structural integrity of a composite laminate subjected to edge… More

INVESTIGATION OF IMIDE/GRAPHITE COMPOSITE DEGRADATION MECHANISM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark A. Druy
Award Amount: $57,801.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. (FMI) proposes to establish at the molecular level the mechanism of degradation of mechanism will result in modifications of current imide resins and new resin development. The innovation in the proposed Phase I program is our solution for the prevention of galvanic induced… More

Braiding/RTM Technology for Construction of V-22 Canopy Frame

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Glenn Freitas
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The present V-22 canopy frame is made of titanium. Performance advantages of composites are clear but anticipated high manufacturing costs kept composites from being applied to V-22. The size and geometry of the frame is not amenable to traditional hand lay-up of preimpregnated materials. As an… More

Low Weight, Damage Tolerant Advanced Composite Airframe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell
Award Amount: $59,853.00
Abstract:
Advanced composite materials are increasingly used in wing and fuselage structures. These materials permit a lower part count, weight, and potentially manufacturing and operational costs. These benefits are limited by inherently low damage tolerance and the industry reticence to eliminate excessive… More

In Situ Technology for Cradle-to-Grave Monitoring of Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. John J. Gassner
Award Amount: $71,574.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to conduct a technology assessment aimed at examining and developing in situ approaches to monitor, in real time, the chemical, mechanical and structural stateof a composite vehicle from "cradel-to-grave". In addition, we propose to perform a laboratory-scale feasibility… More

Reactive P/M of Garrma Titanium Aluminide Matrix Composites For IHPTET Compressor Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $70,407.00
Abstract:
Intermetallic matrix composites(IMCs) with high specific mechanical properties and 1,8OOF service temperature capability are critically needed for the successful development of 20:1 thrust to weight ratio turbine engines targeted under the IHPTET initiative. The application of IMCs to advanced… More

High Temperature Advanced Composite Drive Shafts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Bullock
Award Amount: $78,544.00
Abstract:
Filament wound advanced composite drive shafts provide critical performance at reduced weight for several engine to gearbox connections in the V-22 aircraft system. Recent events have shown that these components may be required to withstand direct flame exposure without loss of structural integrity.… More

Desktop Manufacturing for Computer Generated Diffractive Optical Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Arthur Nelson
Award Amount: $99,509.00
Abstract:
Diffractive optics has emerged as a valuable technology for solving design problems in imaging and optical beam control. Light weight and compact size elements offer particularly important benefits for many commercial and government applications. However, at present the fabrication of elements with… More

Ice Impact Protection for Thin Skin Composite Laminates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Connie Magee
Award Amount: $69,892.00
Abstract:
A major limitation to the use of advanced composite materials is the inherent weakness of the laminates in the through-thickness direction. The V-22's susceptibility to ice damage is another example of this problem. The current post-buckled design provides the needed lightweight construction but is… More

Soil Yarn

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $69,908.00
Abstract:
A Phase I program has been defined to determine the feasibility of using fiber-reinforced soil (Soil Yarn) to control the wind erosion caused by air traffic activity around military expeditionary airfields. Controlling the erosion will reduce the FOD to the aircraft stationed at these airfields.… More

Self Lubricated Ceramic Composite Bearing Cages

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $79,936.00

Low-Cost, Opto-Electronic, Multichip Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $69,096.00

Imaging Operating Turbine Engines Using Synchronous Multiplane Tomography (SMT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ted E. Kirchner
Award Amount: $59,778.00

Lightweight Graphite-Aluminum Space Radiators for Thermal Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $499,718.00

Liquid Flow-Over Line Replaceable Modules in a Retrofit, Hybrid Integrated Avionics Rack

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mr. Thomas Lovell
Award Amount: $59,997.00

REDUCTION OF HELICOPTER VIBRATIONS THROUGH CHAOTIC CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wayne S. Hill
Award Amount: $68,457.00

Low-Cost, High-Performance Multichip Packages for Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $499,718.00

Oil Additives for "Drop-In" Replacement Refrigerants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David H. Walker
Award Amount: $79,415.00

Dynamically Tunable, Diffractive Optical Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Arthur R. Nelson
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Truss Reinforced Foam Core Sandwich Structures Using the Z-Fiber Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Constance Magee
Award Amount: $79,831.00

Zero VOC Thermal Sprayed Painting Process for U.S. Naval Equipment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas C. Walton
Award Amount: $601,177.00
Abstract:
1U.S. Naval aircraft protective coatings have demanding requirements which require shielding the aircraft from extreemly erosive and corrosive environments while at the same time remaining highly adherent, Strong and flexible from -60 up to 350 degrees. Strict requiremetns to limit volitile organic… More

Improved Toughness Ballistic Protective Fiber Through Molecular Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar
Award Amount: $599,960.00
Abstract:
Current body armor polymer fibers are limited in ballistic performance by their tendency to lose axial tensile strength under the combined loading of lateral compression, lateral shear and axial tension that occurs during impact. This requires the use of heavier, bulkier, costlier body armor. The… More

Less Than Lethal Ballistically Deployed Sting Nets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $598,811.00
Abstract:
A means of ballistically deploying a less than lethal sting net is proposed. The system developed is capable of capturing fleeing, static or attacking suspects via a LOS ensnarement munition delivered from a 38mm weapon or a similar platform. The flight and capture principles have been proven in… More

Rapid High Quality Field Repair Methods for Thick Section Composite Vehicle Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Gassner
Award Amount: $599,991.00
Abstract:
Field repair methods for composite aircraft structures fail to account for the unique materials, construction and failure modes associated with thick section fiberglass composite combat vehicle structures. Although acceptable repair techniques for thick laminates have been demonstrated in the… More

Dynamically Tunable, Diffractive Optical Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Arthur R. Nelson
Award Amount: $599,850.00
Abstract:
Diffractive optics has emerged as a valuable new technology for solving design problems in imaging, optical beam control, adaptive optics, and other important applications. Light weight and compact size diffractive elements offer particularly important benefits for space environments. Foster-Miller… More

Low-Cost, Opto-Electronic, Multichip Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $599,745.00
Abstract:
After decades of dramatic advances in optoelectronic device performance, it is clear that the implementation of fiber optic systems has been retarded by inadequate packaging technology. Commercially available packaged components often suffer from uncertain reliability, high unit cost and low… More

Liquid Flow-Over Line Replaceable Modules in a Retrofit, Hybrid Integrated Avionics Rack

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mr. Thomas Lovell
Award Amount: $743,000.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes a retrofit ingerated avionics rack (IAR) to interchangeably accept conventional line replaceable modules (LRMs), liquid flow through (LFT) modules, and the novel 500 Watt conformal microchannel liquid flow-over (LFO) module. To allow retrofitting the most advanced avionics… More

Oil Additives for "Drop-In" Replacement Refrigerants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David H. Walker
Award Amount: $522,692.00
Abstract:
Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants are the leading candidate replacement refrigerants for refrigerant R-502. HFC refrigerants have no ozone depleting potential and very low global warming effect. Their thermodynamic properties and performance closely match that of R-502 so that little or no change… More

Truss Reinforced Foam Core Sandwich Structures Using the Z-Fiber Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Constance Magee
Award Amount: $730,230.00
Abstract:
Honeycomb sandwich structures used in aircraft are particularly susceptible to impact damage which creates a path for moisture intrusion. Moisture condensing on the exterior is forced into the core during descent causing corrosion, bondline degradation, reduced structural performance. Sandwich… More

Self Lubricated Ceramic Composite Bearing Cages

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $749,345.00
Abstract:
The ideal aeroengine bearing will provide adequate performance without need for active cooling or lubrication. Foster-Miller's concept for an advanced aeroengine bearing uses ceramic races and rolling elements along with a self-contained, solid lubricating "composite" ball cage. The key innovation… More

Imaging Operating Turbine Engines Using Synchronous Multiplane Tomography (SMT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ted E. Kirchner
Award Amount: $74,401.00
Abstract:
Synchronous Multiplane Tomography (SMT) is an X-ray-based nondestructive testing technique that will produce a series of contiguous freeze-frame cross-sectional images of the deep interior of a turbine engine operating at speed. Based on techniques derived from computed tomography, SMT can image… More

Microporous Low-Dielectric Constant Polymers for IC Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $59,900.00
Abstract:
Foster Miller proposes to apply a proprietary supermicrocellular foam technology to develop a nanoporous, low-dielectric constant polymer for use in a wide variety of IC packaging applications. Foster-Miller has demonstrated that closed cell foams with densities as low as 10% of the unfoamed polymer… More

Elastomeric Composite Dock Fenders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell
Award Amount: $99,894.00
Abstract:
Elastomeric rendering systems have become the state-of-the-art in dockside fenders within the last two decades. These fenders have a variety of shapes and designs and predominately use modified rubbers. These fenders are generally reliable. However, two factors serve to limit their potential. … More

Automated Method for Balancing Avionics Requirements and LIfe Cycle Costs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Lovell
Award Amount: $79,832.00
Abstract:
Avionics systems repairs are responsible for as much as 42% of the life cycle cost of an aircraft, making it important to minimize avionic suite cost while maintaining performance. Currently, there is no unified method of determining the trade-offs between avionics suite performance and life cycle… More

Reinforced Composite Repair Method

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Constance Magee
Award Amount: $69,962.00
Abstract:
The increased use of composite materials on both military and commercial aircraft must be accompanied by a more efficient means of in-service repair techniques. Composite fuselage, wing and engine components are subjected to Foreign Object Debris (FOD) which can result in many types of repairable… More

Integrated In-Line Wear and Lubricant Condition Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Mark A. Druy
Award Amount: $79,473.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. proposes to develop a novel fiber optic/miniature infrared spectrometer sensor for the in-line monitoring of synthetic lubricant condition - TA, water content, thermo-oxidative (ester) degradation, fuel dilution and TCP additive depletion - in aircraft turbine engines. Working… More

Degradation of Polyurethane Aircraft Coatings Using Gel-Encapsulated Enzymes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Harris Gold
Award Amount: $79,604.00
Abstract:
By 1996, legislation will eliminate the use of solvent-based chemical strippers containing EPA-listed hazardous air pollutants for the removal of polyurethane-based aircraft coatings. Currently available "green" chemical strippers are much less effective, requiring long application periods and… More

Nonintrusive Through Thickness Stress/Strain Sensor for Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel E Bullock
Award Amount: $79,927.00
Abstract:
The Air Force has indicated that current and future research in the area of high velocity ballistic impact will require the development of unique nonintrusive stress/strain measurement techniques for composite materials. Foster-Miller proposes a unique and highly effective solution to the problem… More

Room Temperature Cure Hydrocarbon Matrix Resin for Low Cost RTM and FW Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Rober F. Kovar
Award Amount: $78,782.00
Abstract:
Polymer matrix composites can play a major role in decreasing the weight of advanced aerospace vehicles, but their cost must be lowered and reliability improved. Matrix resins that cure at room temperature and manufacturing methods that can readily be automated are technological advances that can… More

Broadband HTS Parametric Multimode Antenna for VHF/UHF Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carles Carey
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes an innovative approach to increase the frequency coverage of high temperature superconducting (HTS) antennas in the VHF/VHF frequency bands. We will concentrate on small antennas for missile seekers where the available antenna aperture is severely limited as compared to… More

Point Recognition Assessment Technique (PRAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $68,309.00
Abstract:
An assessment technique comparing advanced point recognition terrain marking concepts is proposed for the purpose of establshing system requirements that service various users, specifically pilots and ground support troops. Potential advanced terrain marking concepts currently considered will be… More

Flat Panel Displays Using Light Emitting Block Copolymers of Phenylene Vinylenes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop light emitting polymer diodes for flat panel displays based on the breakthrough in this area at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst which produced the first blue light emitting conjugated polymer. Tailoring of the conjugated segments in a block copolymer of… More

Environmentally-Compliant, Corrosion-Activated Inhibitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William E. Dorogy, Jr
Award Amount: $79,738.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. proposes to develop an environmentally compliant corrosion inhibitor that becomes active only at corrosion sites, remaining dormant in other parts of the paint coating until activated by the initiation of aluminum corrosion. Corrosion inhibition will be achieved by selecting… More

Biodegradable Bullet

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $69,613.00
Abstract:
Current ammunition presents an environmental hazard due to the introduction of lead into the environment. Environmental effort to eliminate lead from ammunition is increasing in scope beyond shotgun shells. Foster-Miller proposes to demonstrate the current 7.62mm M80 cartridge lead core FMJ… More

Removal of Stabilizing Agents, Emulsions and Oils from Air Force Wastewaters Using Polymeric Gels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Harris Gold
Award Amount: $79,995.00

Surf Zone Mine Naturalization Clearance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Low-Cost, Ultra-Thin, Conformal Active Array Assemblies For Satellite Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Noll , Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $69,998.00

Biodegradable Ocean Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leslie Rubin
Award Amount: $68,813.00

High Thermal Conductance Brazed Joints For Hypersonic Vehicles And Bio-Medical X-Ray Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Subhash Khatri , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,843.00

Low Signature Electric Propulsion System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: David B. Cope
Award Amount: $99,895.00

A Modular, Vapor-Compression Heat Pump Having Inherent Fluid Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David H. Walker , Division Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Environmentally Compliant, No VOC Aircraft Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $79,289.00

Tunable Sting Net

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $69,942.00

Lightweight, High-Strength PBO Structures for High-Altitude Subsonic Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin
Award Amount: $499,985.00

High Resolution Semiconductor Modulators via Bandgap Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence H. Domash
Award Amount: $69,917.00

A Reliable Manufacturing Technology for Solid Rocket Nozzles to Reduce Cost and Environmental Impact

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr William J. Hurley, Jr
Award Amount: $79,857.00

In Situ Biological Remediation of Hydrazine Spills Using Gel Encapsulated Enzymes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Mccoy
Award Amount: $78,900.00

Thermosetting Plasticizers For Low-Cost Resin Transfer Molding Of High Temperature Pmr Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert F. Kovar , Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,989.00

Ultrasonically Assisted Z-Fiber (UAZ) Technology for Widespread Airframe Structure Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Constance Magee
Award Amount: $79,600.00

High Temperature Polymeric Venusian Research Balloons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Marvin A. Guiles , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,983.00

Joining Of Dissimilar Materials With Non-Active Brazes For High Temperature Furnace Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Subhash Khatri , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,937.00

Micron And Submicron Sized High Temperature Polymer Spheres

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William E. Dorogy, Jr. , Project Scientist
Award Amount: $69,554.00

Hardfaced Lightweight Composite Armor Materials for Helmets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday K. Kashalikar
Award Amount: $69,782.00

Environmentally Safe Biodegradable Polymer Chaff

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $591,975.00
Abstract:
Conventional chaff, based upon Aluminum-coated fiberglass, is an effective counter-measure against radar-guided threats but when used in training missions, introduces into the environment hundreds of pounds of persistent fibers that might be toxic to humans and wildlife. Foster-Miller proposes to… More

REDUCTION OF HELICOPTER VIBRATIONS THROUGH CHAOTIC CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wayne S. Hill
Award Amount: $767,062.00
Abstract:
Vibrations, particularly those generated by the rotor, affect all aspects of helicopter design. It has recently been demonstrated that helicopter rotor vibration comprises a periodic "component" and a chaotic "component." The periodic part can be eliminated using Higher Harmonic Control (HHC),… More

Tunable Sting Net

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $599,953.00
Abstract:
The following proposal describes a means of integrating a field tunable electrical discharge (sting) system into ballistically delivered snare net system thereby providing the user with a flexible response to a broad range of tactical situations. The proposed tunable sting subsystem allows the… More

Ultrasonically Assisted Z-Fiber (UAZ) Technology for Widespread Airframe Structure Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Constance Magee
Award Amount: $749,851.00
Abstract:
Limitations of composites include low interlaminar properties, damage susceptibility, and lack of efficient joining methods. Research has been conducted to develop through thickness reinforcement technologies to offset these limitations. Foster-Miller's Z-Fiber process has demonstrated 30 fold… More

Removal of Stabilizing Agents, Emulsions and Oils from Air Force Wastewaters Using Polymeric Gels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Harris Gold
Award Amount: $747,639.00
Abstract:
Liquid wastes generated during the cleaning of air craft (wash rack waters) and fire training exercises using aqueous film-forming foams are becoming more difficult to dispose because of increasingly restrictive environmental regulations. Ideally, wastewater components such as surfactants,… More

Low-Cost Rocket Nozzle Materials for Tactical Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Prashant Karandikar
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating C/HfC composite components for rocket nozzle application by an innovative, potentially low-cost approach. C/HfC composites can offer the requisite strength, chemical inertness and erosion resistance at nozzle peak temperatures (2500… More

Polymeric Environmentally Degradable Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has identified the need for batteries that contain less hazardous chemicals within the electrochemical cell. Ideally, the battery should meet or exceed current voltage, ampere-hour and discharge ratings and should be benign if disposed of in a marine environment. Foster-Miller… More

Ambient Temperature Cure Composite for Corrosion-Resistant HMMWV Field Repair Patch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
U.S. Marine Corps High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) are equipped with heat-treated aluminum body panels that cannot be welded and must be repaired by riveting-on sheet metal patches, a process requiring power tools available only at a maintenance facility. During battle, this might… More

Liquid Immersion Cooling for Modular Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Lovell
Award Amount: $79,900.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes a conformal microchannel liquid flow-over (LFO) avionics card which allows up to 1,000 Watts heat rejection per card without the liquid inventory weight of clamshell enclosures or other similar direct immersion cooling methods. The proposed card exactly matches the… More

N96-030 Electric Power Transfer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David B. Cope
Award Amount: $69,687.00
Abstract:
It is proposed to develop an electric power transfer technique optimized for linear motors used on aircraft carriers. The power transfer technique must satisfy several requirements including high reliability, safety and electromagnetic compatibility while delivering up to 1 MW at speeds from… More

Innovative Lightweight Carbon/Carbon Recuperator for UAV Engine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. William J. Hurley, Jr
Award Amount: $69,949.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will show that a unique hollow core carbon/carbon ((c/c) composite construction can be successfully employed to fabricate a low cost, lightweight recuperator for gas turbine engines associated with future UAV engines. In conjunction with our commercialization partner, Williams… More

Surf Zone Mine Naturalization Clearance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $749,621.00
Abstract:
The following proposal describes a system which can be used for either surf zone and craft landing zone obstacle reconnaissance or clearance missions. The system, referred to a Sea Dog is a more sophisticated and capable version of the Lemmings surf zone mine neutralization munitions. The… More

Hardfaced Lightweight Composite Armor Materials for Helmets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday K. Kashalikar
Award Amount: $525,000.00
Abstract:
Current helmets for ground troops provide excellent protection against fragmentation-type threats, but not as good protection against small arms fire or similar higher energy projectiles. soldiers' survivability and effectiveness will be enhanced by a new lightweight helmet which will better protect… More

In-Situ Advanced Fiber Placement Utilizing Ultrasonic Lamination Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel E. Bullock
Award Amount: $71,108.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to demonstrate a method for automated tow placement (ATP) of advanced composites utilizing an ultrasonic energy source which serves as the energy source for heating and provides "on-the-fly" consolidation. Foster-Miller has already demonstrated the basic technology for… More

Low Energy Aircraft Launch Assist Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David B. Cope
Award Amount: $69,235.00
Abstract:
It is proposed to develop an electromagnetic launch assist system for short takeoff aircraft. The Phase I program will perform a detailed technology assessment and evaluation Of multiple alternative launch systems. These systems will be generated by a thorough and objective analysis of performance… More

Ferromagnetic Nanocomposites for Efficient Integration of Microwave and Millimeter Wave Devices and Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $98,911.00
Abstract:
In typical MIMIC circuits and systems, the passive circuitry occupies more than ten times the area occupied by the active circuitry. Attempts have been made to reduce the area required for passive circuits by using "slow-wave" structures. However this results in high loss, and low… More

Low Cost Tapered Couplers Using Micromachining Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $69,397.00
Abstract:
Adiabatic tapered optical couplers or mode expanders have been developed recently for high efficiency coupling between diode lasers and optical fibers. In this SBIR program, Foster-Miller proposes a novel low-cost coupler that achieves high efficiency via a 2-axis tapered design. The tapered… More

Innovative Surface Coating Made From Tailorable Dendrimers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John J. Gassner
Award Amount: $69,604.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a new class of dendrimer based coatings that meets the performance goals demanded by the harsh environmental conditions to which Army materials are exposed. Our technical approach employs urethane-based dendritic coatings in a simple process that provide potential for a single… More

Electric Aircraft Recovery System (EEAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Cope
Award Amount: $69,625.00
Abstract:
The anticipated growth in aircraft weight and landing speed exceeds the capability of existing arresting systems. The proposed program can design an Electric Aircraft Recovery System (EARS) operating under closed loop control for an aircraft of up to 80,000 lbs. landing at 160 knots. In… More

Gas Turbine Duct Noise Cancellation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: None
Award Amount: $69,435.00
Abstract:
It is proposed to develop a noise cancellation system suitable for quieting a variety of shipboard duct and compartment arrangements. The objective is to attenuate airborne gas turbine and ventilation system noise transmitted through intake and exhaust ducting to critical ship spaces. The… More

Recycling Process for Shipboard Generated PWP Waste

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kent G. Blizard
Award Amount: $71,297.00
Abstract:
Since January 1989, U.S. Navy ships have been retaining most of thei r plastic waste for disposal ashore in accordance with new Navy policy. The desired goal of recycling this densified waste in the form of commingled plastic blocks presents unique processing problems that are not encountered… More

SBIR PHASE I: Integrated Optics Based on a High-Speed Liquid Crystal/Polymer Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Domash
Award Amount: $74,881.00

Thermosetting Plasticizers For Low-Cost Resin Transfer Molding Of High Temperature Pmr Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert F. Kovar , Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $585,240.00

NON-INTRUSIVE LIQUID AND TWO PHASE FLOWMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bruce N. Barck , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,985.00

Field Level Repair/Joining of Composite Aircraft Structure Using Ultrasonic Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Player
Award Amount: $99,957.00

Development of a High Throughput Version of the Moving Probe Tester

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $752,046.00

Continuous Intersecting Structures for Stiffened Frames and Bulkheads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark A. Druy , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $328,146.00

Environmentally Safe NO/VOC Automotive Coatings/Prevention and Controls of VOCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,800.00

High Temperature Polymeric Venusian Research Balloons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Marvin A. Guiles , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $575,948.00

Space Qualifiable, Corrosion Resistant, Near Hermetic Plastic Package

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $75,712.00

DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-LIFE COMPRESSOR FOR MODULAR HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel L. Fischbach , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,986.00

Micron And Submicron Sized High Temperature Polymer Spheres

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William E. Dorogy, Jr. , Project Scientist
Award Amount: $589,300.00

RESISTANCE HEATING OF CARBON FOR THE REMOVAL OF CARBON DIOXIDE FROM CABIN AIR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold , Manager/environmental Tech Div
Award Amount: $69,921.00

High Temperature Braided Composite Preforming for Advanced Turbine Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr William J. Hurley, Jr
Award Amount: $99,855.00

Production of Custom Fit Oxygen Masks Using Rapid Prototyping Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Giampiero Brentani
Award Amount: $79,947.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,928.00

Biodegradable Ocean Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leslie Rubin
Award Amount: $326,137.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop ocean sensor components which will harmlessly biodegrade in a marine environment after performing their designed functions. These biodegradable components will meet or exceed performance requirements of existing non-biodegradable components. Our technical approach combines our… More

In Situ Biological Remediation of Hydrazine Spills Using Gel Encapsulated Enzymes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Mccoy
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Incidents involving hydrazine propellants can pose a potentially serious risk to the environment, as well as to personal health and safety. Hydrazine is a known carcinogen and its uncontrolled release into the environment is a matter of serious concern. Foster-Miller proposes a multicomponent… More

Environmentally Compliant, No VOC Aircraft Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $749,912.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop a new class of aircraft coating that meets/exceeds the performance of currently used, solvent-based polyurethane coatings while being environmentally-compliance and more economical. Our technical approach combines three enabling technologies to produce an… More

A Reliable Manufacturing Technology for Solid Rocket Nozzles to Reduce Cost and Environmental Impact

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr William J. Hurley, Jr
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to demonstrate cost, reliability, and environmental advantages of an advanced solid rocket motor (SRM) nozzle manufacturing technology. Technology developed in Phase II could be readily incorporated into the Integrated High Pay-off Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRT)… More

Electrochemical Concentration and Purification of Spent Sodium Bicarbonate Blasting Media

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Harris Gold
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Abrasive blasting with sodium bicarbonate media is a choice replacement for degreasing with ozone-depleting 1,1,1 trichloroethane, but produces relatively large amounts of contaminated waste. The bulk of the waste consists of valuable resources, namely sodium bicarbonate with needs to be… More

Production of Custom Fit Oxygen Masks Using Rapid Prototyping Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Giampiero Brentani
Award Amount: $740,667.00
Abstract:
Due to each individual's unique facial configuration, the four standard sizes of MBU-20/P oxygen masks, currently used by the USAF for up to 60 mm Hg positive pressure, do not fit everyone. This means that various individuals will require custom made oxygen masks. Foster-Miller, Inc.,… More

High Resolution Semiconductor Modulators via Bandgap Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence H. Domash
Award Amount: $595,508.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, Foster-Miller, teaming with renowned university and industry partners will develop a novel optoelectronic modulator for displays. our approach combines unique properties of strained semiconductor films and bandgap engineering techniques to provide optical modulators capable… More

Field Level Repair/Joining of Composite Aircraft Structure Using Ultrasonic Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Player
Award Amount: $732,807.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller is proposing a unique repair/joining method that eliminates fasteners, does not require autoclave or oven cure, and is equally compatible with field and shop floor operations. The proposed process utilizes ultrasonic energy for two discrete operations: 1) in-situ deposition of… More

Space Qualifiable, Corrosion Resistant, Near Hermetic Plastic Package

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $743,157.00
Abstract:
Foster Miller proposes to develop a corrosion-proof, near-hermetic plastic packaging technology by combining two breakthrough technologies developed at Foster-Miller. Foster-Miller has developed a sol-gel based coating technology which protects aluminum from corroding in a salt-spray chamber even… More

High Temperature Braided Composite Preforming for Advanced Turbine Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr William J. Hurley, Jr
Award Amount: $732,829.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller and Pratt & Whitney will team in an effort to develop SiC/SiC stator vanes for the IHPTET Low Pressure Turbine. Pratt & Whitney has determined that a 2.6% thrust-to-weight improvement is anticipated with these CMC vanes. SiC/SiC vanes have been difficult to fabricate. … More

Innovative Electron Beam (EB) Cured Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
Serious limitations to the use of advanced organic matrix composites result from difficulties in producing large complex structures from two-dimensional materials forms such as preimpregnated tape or fabric, anf from the high costs associated with conventional thermal curing. Electron Beam (EB)… More

Low-Cost, Net-Shaped, Non-Eroding Composites for Rocket Motor Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr William J. Hurley, Jr
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, working with Phillips Laboratory and rocket manufacturers, will demonstrate a rapid, low-cost manufacturing process for high-quality non-eroding rocket motor components. The process employs RTM processable ceramic precursors that convert motor components. The process employs RTM… More

Complementary Sensor Suite for Liquid Resin Molded Composite Structural Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Gassner
Award Amount: $99,805.00
Abstract:
In this effort, Foster-Miller proposes to perform a laboratory investigation aimed at demonstrating a multi-sensor system for use in monitoring processing and health of a liquid resin molded composite structural armor. A set of complementary technologies has been selected for use on the program… More

Nanolaminated Ti/TiN Fretting and Wear Resistant Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Prashant G. Karandika
Award Amount: $69,903.00
Abstract:
Root attachment areas of turbine blades and vanes experience in which oxide debris is generally formed under the small contact area and cannot escape. This leads to localized wear and defect formation. Generally, soft metal (Cu, Al) are used to allow the small relative motion to be taken up… More

Nonlinear Dynamic Control of Advanced Electric Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. David B. Cope
Award Amount: $99,702.00
Abstract:
Development and simulation is proposed of a control system for multi-input, multi-output nonlinear dynamic power systems. The overall goal will be development of a reliable and survivable power system with optimized steady-state operation, stable and controlled transition between states as a … More

ENVIRONMENTALLY ADVANTAGED AIRCRAFT DEICING/ANTI-ICING MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Westmark
Award Amount: $99,075.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop new deicing and anti-icing fluid formulations with reduced environmental impact. Candidate fluid formulations will be developed using a combination of innovative computer modeling techniques and laboratory scale evaluation of key performance characteristics. The… More

Enhanced Flaw Detection by Time-Reversal Auto-Focusing of an Ultrasonic Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. Curt Brockelman , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $74,988.00
Abstract:
112 Enhanced Flaw Detection by Time-Reversal Auto-Focusing of an Ultrasonic Array--Foster-Miller, Inc., 350 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154-1196; (617) 684-4239 Mr. Curt Brockelman, Principal Investigator Mr. Adi R. Guzdar, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82379 Amount: … More

Wire Bonding Interconnects for High Temperature SiC Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence E. Felton
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop three new bond wire alloys for use with SiC intergrated circuits operating at temperatures as high as 500 deg C. These alloys will serve as alternatives to aluminum and gold bond-wire, which are unreliable at high temperatures. The alloys will be resistant to… More

Net Shape Gradient W-Cu Plasma Facing Components by Pressure Infiltration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Prashant Karandikar , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $74,975.00
Abstract:
192 Net Shape Gradient W-Cu Plasma Facing Components by Pressure Infiltration--Foster-Miller, Inc., 350 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154-1104; (617) 684-4239 Dr. Prashant Karandikar, Principal Investigator Mr. Adi R. Guzdar, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82378 Amount: … More

Induction Bonding of Composite Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Walter X. Zukas
Award Amount: $99,926.00
Abstract:
Thermoplastics are stable, high molecular weight polymers that retain their chemical structure during processing. Since fully polymerized thermoplastics do no form cross-linked networks, they can be softened, melted, and reformed. This program will demonstrate the induction bonding of composite… More

Rapidly Adjustable Nonmetallic Rotor Blade Tracking Tab

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell
Award Amount: $95,224.00
Abstract:
This proposed program will develop a rapid trimming device that will permit a nonmetallic trim tab to be quickly and accurately positioned. Enabling a rapid trimming technique will decrease blade tracking timer simplifying the procedure and enabling the accuracy and turnaround of metal trim tabs. … More

Optical Control of Streerable Array Antennas with Optical MCMs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Noll
Award Amount: $99,920.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. proposes to demonstrate a low cost, high density MMIC based active phased array transmitter incorporating true time delayed optical controls for use in military and commercial applications. The array architecture will be designed to be incorporated with Foster-Miller's… More

DOPED PSN.91-PT.09 ELECTROSTRICTIVE SINGLE CRYSTALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mr. Ronald G. Roy
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
Requirements for high quality electrostrictive single crystals continue to be important because the polycrystalline PSN-PT materials have a lower coupling coefficient . Single crystal PSN-PT is an attractive transducer material because of its very high energy density and its capacity to undergo… More

Development of High Quality Shelf Stable Extruded

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kent G. Blizard
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Developmental work on extruded meat in carbohydrate matrix jerky products has been done at the U.S. Army's Natick research laboratories. The most successful of these efforts has involved processing potato carbohydrate flake with lean comminuted beef, various flavorants and plasticizers in a twin… More

Net Shape Reinforcement Preforms for High Temperature Ceramic and Intermetallic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Prashant G. Karandikar
Award Amount: $99,869.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate an innovative approach to build net-shape single crystal oxide reinforcement preforms by extending a patented process. A recent study sponsored by Air Force Wright Laboratories concluded that only single crystal oxide reinforcements offer adequate reinforcing… More

Environmentally Conscious Solder Process for Manual/Bench Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Larry Felton
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes the development of unique Isotropic Conducting Adhesives (ICA's) that will yield an enviromentally safe joining method for manual and bench operations. Our concept is based on the development of a proprietary technology to improve the mechanical behavior of ICA's. The… More

NDE of Marcelling in Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $69,882.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller is proposing a novel NDE approach, Time Reversal Mirror (TRM) technology, for the detection of marcelling in thick fiber-reinforced composite structures. TRM is an ultrasonic inspection phased-array technique that will inspect composite structural components for anomalies faster,… More

Innovative Zero Emission Exhaust Gas Treatment for Mobile Solar Detoxification Facility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Mccoy
Award Amount: $69,979.00
Abstract:
Destruction by incineration is the only permanent means of disposing of many hazardous wastes. However, conventional incinerators are not well received by the public due to concerns regarding products of incomplete combustion (PICs) including dioxins and furans in the emissions. Solar… More

Increased Stiffener Pull-Off Strength Through Enhanced 2D to 3D Joints

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Edward Kunkel
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
The design and development of a co-cured stiffened skin structure with high strength stiffener to skin joints without the requirement of fasteners is a goal of aircraft designers. Foster-Miller has developed enabling technology that will help designers achieve this goal and to fully realize the… More

Novel Method for Inspection of Aircraft Retread Tire Casings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Giampiero Brentani
Award Amount: $69,297.00
Abstract:
For economic reasons, aircraft tires are retreaded and reused several times during their lifetimes. Due to aviation safety concerns, tire casings to be retreaded must undergo thorough inspection. Numerous methods currently exist to perform this inspection; all suffer from one drawback or another. … More

Dielectric Mix Ratio Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Walter X. Zukas
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
In the application of the Advanced Special Hull Treatment on submarines, two chemical components are mixed in a desired ratio to obtain a cured polymer. The purpose of this Phase I SBIR program is to establish conditions for maximizing the sensitivity of dielectric measurements to mix ratio for the… More

Doped PMN-PT Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ronald Roy
Award Amount: $69,533.00
Abstract:
Requirements for high quality electrostrictive single crystals continue to be important because the polycrystalline PMN-PT materials, have a lower coupling coefficient . Single crystal PMN-PT doped with lanthanum or barium is an attractive transducer material because of its very high energy density… More

Plastic Encapsulated Microcircuit Storage Accelerated Age Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lawrence E. Felton
Award Amount: $99,931.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop an accelerated age model for plastic encapsulated electronics in storage environments. Foster-Miller will team with Dr. Michael Pecht of the Computer-Aided Life-Cycle Engineering (CALCE) Electronics Packaging Research Center (EPRC) at the University of Maryland. … More

High Speed Optical Rotary Joint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen Behrle
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of an advanced off-axis High Speed Optical Rotary Joint with the objective of increasing bandwidth capability to 200Mb/sec. Existing on-axis optical rotary joints typically can operate at these speeds. However, there are many applications which require an… More

Improved Water Barriers for Outboard Electrical Cables

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Leslie Rubin
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The Navy uses a wide variety of cables to provide power and control signals to shipboard systems. The Vertical Launch System (VLS) uses cables containing between 3 and 85 conductors. These cables must withstand the underwater environment and be resistant to mechanical damage when passing through… More

Low Cost, Novel Electronic Packaging Technology for Digital, MMIC and Optoelectronic ICs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop a novel packaging technology suitable for mixed signal (including optical) applications. This technology will take advantage of the unique combination of properties of a class of materials known as liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) LCPs possess outstanding electrical… More

Affordable, Efficient and Power Scaleable Diode Pumped Laser Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ronald Roy
Award Amount: $59,958.00
Abstract:
The optical material requirements for high quality laser crystals continues to become more difficult to meet as new laser uses are developed. Ytterbium doped Yttrium Ortho-Vanadate (Yb3+:YVO4) single crystal material is a potential successor to Neodimium doped YAG (Nd:YAG) because of its higher… More

MiniMOP (Miniature Multipurpose Optical Pod)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dan Deguire
Award Amount: $98,660.00
Abstract:
The following proposal describes an affordable modular sensor system which can be used for tactical oceanography. The system, referred to as MiniMOP (Miniature Multipurpose Optical Pod) is teh integrated sensor package capable of measures fluorometry, luminometry, transmissiometer, salinity,… More

Adhesive-Sealable Barrier Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. C.j. Ekstein
Award Amount: $99,928.00
Abstract:
General packaging of military parts and equipment for storage and shipment use barrier materials which are water-vapor proof, grease-proof, puncture resistant, flexible and sealable. Currently used packaging systems, however, employ non-recyclable multiple barrier laminates requiring electrically… More

Rapid Container Blocking and Bracing Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Chambers
Award Amount: $99,898.00
Abstract:
Shipping and transportation of supplies and ammunition by military means suffers from a combination of operational and technical driven characteristics which often result in a low load packing density. In such situations it is imperative to 'brace out' the loaded volume to minimize load movement… More

High-Power, Wideband Analog Optical Reciever

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Paul Haugsjaa
Award Amount: $98,840.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, a company committed to growth in the commercialization of optical communications products, proposes to conduct a Phase I SBIR effort directed towards the development of a wideband optical receiver. This development has goals for performance of the receiver that include operational… More

NON-INTRUSIVE LIQUID AND TWO PHASE FLOWMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bruce N. Barck , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Environmentally Safe NO/VOC Automotive Coatings/Prevention and Controls of VOCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $224,995.00

Design, Reliability Evaluation And Life Prediction Of Ceramic Components Fabricated By Preceramic Polymer Pyrolysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Prashant Karandikar , PROJECT ENGINEER
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Development Of A Fully Integrated Composite Flywheel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell , ENGINEERING MANAGER
Award Amount: $68,761.00

TREADMILL FOR REAL TIME GAIT ANALYSIS AND REHABILITATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Hoadley, david j
Award Amount: $98,927.00

Development of Breakaway Guy Wires for Utility Poles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,991.00

Cermaic Matrix Composites With Net-Shape Single Crystal Yag Reinforcement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Prashant Karandikar , PROJECT ENGINEER
Award Amount: $69,346.00

Braze Joining Of Dissimilar Materials For Furnace Componenets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar , TECHNOLOGY AREA LEADER
Award Amount: $68,975.00

DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-LIFE COMPRESSOR FOR MODULAR HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel L. Fischbach , Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $590,250.00

Net Shape Fabrication Of Nickel Based Composites For Rlv Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashlikar , TECHNOLOGY AREA LEADER
Award Amount: $69,970.00

Feasibility of Vehicle Borne Detection of Broken Rail

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $89,033.00

Magscrew Actuator for VAD and TAH Pumps-Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $749,379.00

Large Area Peizoelectric Coating For Smart Aerospace Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson , PROJECT ENGINEER
Award Amount: $69,945.00

Superior Gr/Cu SEM-D Heat Sink

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Uday K. Kashalikar
Award Amount: $530,059.00
Abstract:
1In submarine electronics modules, heat dissipated by electronic devices is typically transported along the length of the heat sink (upon which ICs are mounted) to the water cooled side walls. The current pure copper SEM-D heat sink limits the power dissipation per card to 26W in order to maintain… More

Nonintrusive Through Thickness Stress/Strain Sensor for Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel E Bullock
Award Amount: $199,890.00
Abstract:
The Air Force has indicated that current and future research in the area of high velocity ballistic impact will require the development of unique nonintrusive stress/strain measurement techniques for composite materials. Foster-Miller proposes a unique and highly effective solution to the problem… More

Polymeric Environmentally Degradable Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky
Award Amount: $743,828.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has identified the need for batteries that contain less hazardous chemicals within the electrochemical cell. Ideally, the battery should meet or exceed current voltage, ampere-hour and discharge ratings and should be benign if disposed of in a marine environment. Foster-Miller… More

Low-Cost Rocket Nozzle Materials for Tactical Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Prashant Karandikar
Award Amount: $745,394.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating C/HfC composite components for rocket nozzle application by an innovative, potentially low-cost approach. C/HfC composites can offer the requisite strength, chemical inertness and erosion resistance at nozzle peak temperatures (2500… More

Lightweight, High Efficiency Ceramic Recuperator for UAV Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. William J. Hurley, Jr
Award Amount: $749,921.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will show that a unique hollow core carbon/carbon ((c/c) composite construction can be successfully employed to fabricate a low cost, lightweight recuperator for gas turbine engines associated with future UAV engines. In conjunction with our commercialization partner, Williams… More

Electric Aircraft Recovery System (EEAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Cope
Award Amount: $748,210.00
Abstract:
The anticipated growth in aircraft weight and landing speed exceeds the capability of existing arresting systems. The proposed program can design an Electric Aircraft Recovery System (EARS) operating under closed loop control for an aircraft of up to 80,000 lbs. landing at 160 knots. In… More

Innovative Electron Beam (EB) Cured Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $749,980.00
Abstract:
Serious limitations to the use of advanced organic matrix composites result from difficulties in producing large complex structures from two-dimensional materials forms such as preimpregnated tape or fabric, anf from the high costs associated with conventional thermal curing. Electron Beam (EB)… More

Nonlinear Dynamic Control of Advanced Electric Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. David B. Cope
Award Amount: $594,911.00
Abstract:
Development and simulation is proposed of a control system for multi-input, multi-output nonlinear dynamic power systems. The overall goal will be development of a reliable and survivable power system with optimized steady-state operation, stable and controlled transition between states as a … More

Net Shape Reinforcement Preforms for High Temperature Ceramic and Intermetallic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Prashant G. Karandikar
Award Amount: $749,855.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate an innovative approach to build net-shape single crystal oxide reinforcement preforms by extending a patented process. A recent study sponsored by Air Force Wright Laboratories concluded that only single crystal oxide reinforcements offer adequate reinforcing… More

Environmentally Conscious Solder Process for Manual/Bench Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Larry Felton
Award Amount: $399,998.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes the development of unique Isotropic Conducting Adhesives (ICA's) that will yield an enviromentally safe joining method for manual and bench operations. Our concept is based on the development of a proprietary technology to improve the mechanical behavior of ICA's. The… More

Development of High Quality, Shelf Stable Meat Jerky Analogs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kent G. Blizard
Award Amount: $749,908.00
Abstract:
Developmental work on extruded meat in carbohydrate matrix jerky products has been done at the U.S. Army's Natick research laboratories. The most successful of these efforts has involved processing potato carbohydrate flake with lean comminuted beef, various flavorants and plasticizers in a twin… More

Optimized Wind-Generator and Pump-Motor Controller

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Cope , Technology Area Leader
Award Amount: $74,984.00
Abstract:
50697-98-I Optimized Wind-Generator and Pump-Motor Controller--Foster-Miller, Inc., 350 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154-1104; (781) 684-4239 Dr. David Cope, Principal Investigator Mr. Adi R. Guzdar, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82584 Amount: $74,984 Efficient conversion of highly… More

Variable Speed Ice Making System for Wind Generated Power

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. James Carter , Project Engineer
Award Amount: $74,964.00
Abstract:
50547-98-I Variable Speed Ice Making System for Wind Generated Power--Foster-Miller, Inc., 350 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154-1104; (781) 684-4239 Mr. James Carter, Principal Investigator Mr. Adi R. Guzdar, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82583 Amount: $74,964 Off-grid power… More

Snatch-Combat Casualty Recovery Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $69,956.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller has leveraged its technological leadership in personnel entanglement via an IR&D program and applied it to the Casualty recovery Device (CCRD). The same team that has invented, developed and manufactured the Grab-NET family of non-lethal weapons systems has already… More

Dielectric Mix Ratio Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Walter X. Zukas
Award Amount: $599,905.00
Abstract:
In the application of the Advanced Special Hull Treatment on submarines, two chemical components are mixed in a desired ratio to obtain a cured polymer. The purpose of this Phase I SBIR program is to establish conditions for maximizing the sensitivity of dielectric measurements to mix ratio for the… More

Improved High Temperature Polymer Electrolytes for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert F. Kovar , Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $74,999.00
Abstract:
50705-98-I Improved High Temperature Polymer Electrolytes for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells--Foster-Miller, Inc., 350 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154-1104; (781) 684-4239 Dr. Robert F. Kovar, Principal Investigator Mr. Adi R. Guzdar, Business Official DOE Grant No.… More

Develpment of Smart Filter System For Navy Shipboard Reverse Osmosis Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin
Award Amount: $99,330.00
Abstract:
Reverse osmosis systems used by the Navy as shipboard systems sometimes experience prefilter plugging. The plugging material is usually neutrally buoyant in seawater, and cannot be removed by centrifuges. We are proposing a n its expanded mode,… More

MULTI-HASE FLOWMETER FOR SUPERCRITICAL FUEL SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bruce N. Barck
Award Amount: $98,619.00
Abstract:
High heat sink fuel systems for advanced gas turbine engines are expected to involve fuel temperatures that vary over a broad range, including temperatures that could exceed 600 F. This is expected to produce flows that may be single-phase liquid or a two-phase mixture of liquid and vapor. … More

Compact Imaging Spectrometer with No Moving Parts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Patricia Wilson
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to demonstrate a compact, rugged imaging spectrometer based on a novel principle of operation using holographic optics, based on a design suggested by Whitecomb and Lyons at Rowe Laboratory. The key advance is a new electro-optical materials technology, originally developed… More

Thermoset Resin Development for In Situ Fiber Placement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $69,201.00
Abstract:
Fiber placement is a technique developed for fabrication of thermoplastic matrix composite structures, but it has been applied to layup of complex thermoset composite structures which are difficult to produce using other methods. It has been used successfully to produce several such structures,… More

High Strength, Lightweight Cable/Tape for Cargo-Handling Winches

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thoms Campbell
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
This program will develop a high performance flat braided tension member for cargo handling hoists on the Army's CH47 Advanced cargo Aircraft (ACA). The development of much thinner tape, made possible by use of high strength liquid crystal polymer, PBO, will increase the available tension member… More

High-Throughput Infrared Imaging Spectrometer for Stand-Off Chemical Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suneet Chadha
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
Advanced autonomous detection of chemical warfare agents and other organic materials has long been a major military concern. While significant advances have recently been accomplished in remote spectral sensing using rugged FTIRs with point detectors, efforts towards spatial chemical discrimination… More

High Temperature Airfoil Preforming for Small Turbine Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Sara Rosenberg
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
As a part of the Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology (IHPTET) program, the Joint Turbine Advanced Gas Generator (JTAGG) program aims to revolutionize aircraft propulsion performance and operational capability by decreasing specific fuel consumption by 40%. and increase… More

Metal Matrix Composites for Lightweight, Nonmagnetic and Durable Diesel Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Substitution of the cast iron head and block with aluminum will significantly reduce the weight and magnetic signature of military and commercial diesel engines. However, aluminum cannot withstand the combustion chamber environment. Diesel engine experts agree that the headplate, is the weak link… More

Rapid Measurement of Ice Density by Compact Nuclear and Membrane Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas
Award Amount: $99,857.00
Abstract:
Rapid and accurate field ice density measurement is required to determine the load bearing capacity of ice, the load ice imposes on existing structures, and the electromagnetic signature of ice. Current ice density determinations use mass volume techniques and submersion techniques on ice core… More

Low Cost Hafnium Carbide Hot Gas and Manifold Components for Shipboard Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday K. Kashalikar
Award Amount: $69,942.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative, potentially low cost process to fabricate hafnium carbide hot gas valve components for shipboard missiles. The application for such valves will be in missile divert attitude control system which is primarily responsible for the final… More

Bird-Dog Backpackable UGV Reconnaissance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
Improved situational awareness is a key factor in increasing SOF mission success. A small semi-autonomous robot that can be used from tactically significant standoff distances and carry operationally capable payloads is proposed in the form of Foster-Miller's Bird Dog robot. The Bird Dog is based… More

Fire resistant Organic Composite Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Walter X. Zukes
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Composite structures are highly desirable for future Navy surface ships due primarily to their high strength to weight ratio, corrosion resistance and radar signature reduction potential. The recent National Research Council study on technology needs for the 21st century specifically cites the use… More

Electro-Optic Fabrics for the Warrior of the 21st Century

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Patricia Wilson
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase I program is to design a fully integrated, modular soldier system based on the use of are those that incorporate electrical or electro-optic data systems through the use of conductive or optical fibers and modular connector systems. Modularity… More

Lightweight, Cost Effective and Durable Metal Matrix Composite Track Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mr. Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
Air transportability, buoyancy and acoustic signature of future USMC/Navy 16 and 30 ton class tracked vehicles such as the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV) will be greatly enhanced if lightweight track shoes are developed to replace the existing forged, surface hardened steel components. … More

Small, Rugged Internal Combustion Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger Demler
Award Amount: $69,313.00
Abstract:
A small twin cylinder 4-cycle engine will be developed to propel a gun launched UAV. The technology exists to start and run this engine on relatively safe jet fuels at high efficiency and relatively low noise and thermal signature. Fuel consumption will be half that of a comparable 2-cycle. … More

Wide Area Infrared Chemical Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sunet Chadha
Award Amount: $98,286.00
Abstract:
Autonomous standoff detection of lethal or narcotic chemical agents and chemical emissions has long been a major concern. While significant advances have recently been accomplished in remote spectral sensing using regged FTIRs with point detectors, efforts towards spatial chemical discrimination… More

Optical Flight Actuator Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul O. Haugsjaa
Award Amount: $99,941.00
Abstract:
An innovative concept for the photonic control of electrical flight control actuators is proposed for this Phase I development. Telecommunications-style dense WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) demultiplexers are utilized to provide separate control for multiple semiconductor electrical switches… More

Shelf-Stable, Low-Temperature Cure Epoxy Film Adhesive for On-Aircraft Bonded Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Kovar
Award Amount: $98,998.00
Abstract:
Epoxy film adhesives used for on-aircraft bonded repairs require refrigerated storage and have relatively short shelf-lives. Adhesives that are storage-stable at ambient temperature for one to two years but process and cure at low temperatures are needed to economically utilize bonded repair… More

Low-Cost Hybrid Rocket Nozzle Fabrication Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Larry Dickinson
Award Amount: $69,319.00
Abstract:
Rayon based materials have shown excellent performance for rocket nozzle applications. In addition, conventional tape wrap methods for fabrication have been successful to obtain the required component strengths. However, with the current lack of a domestic rayon supply, a low-cost replacement is… More

Multiplexed Real-TIme Opacity Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Moshe Oren
Award Amount: $99,916.00
Abstract:
Foster Miller proposes to develop for the Air Force a novel multiplexed opacity monitoring system, which is low cost and EPA compliant. The system consists of multiple fiber optic probes used as the monitoring heads, and a central control and data acquisition unit. This approach will result in a… More

Ergonomic Assist Device for Water Blast Gun Manipulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas
Award Amount: $99,918.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force is moving to water jet blasting for depainting operations at their air craft maintenance facilities. The water jet process produces a less hazardous waste stream by eliminating or greatly reducing the use of paint stripping chemicals. The move to water jet depainting operations… More

Co-Infusion of Multiple Resins for Enhanced Fire Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $68,972.00
Abstract:
Composite structures are highly desirable for future Navy surface ships due primarily to their high strength to weight ratio, corrosion resistance and radar signature reduction potential. The recent National Research Council (NRC) study on technology needs for the 21st century (1) specifically… More

Super Precision Integral Folding Hinge Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Warren, Ph.d
Award Amount: $99,896.00
Abstract:
Future, large aperture observation spacecraft will require large mirrors and structures to be deployed with optical precision. Current technologies require complex drive, joint and latch mechanisms that have intricate contact mechanics that make the structures less accurate and difficult to… More

INNOVATIVE ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICE TECHNOLOGY FOR MILITARY UNIQUE DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Moshe Oren
Award Amount: $99,952.00
Abstract:
Packaging of optoelectronic devices and circuits represents a substantial portion of the cost of photonic systems and provides a major obstacle to their widespread use. A new approach to significantly increase the level of monolithic integration of optoelectronic systems is the subject of this… More

Nanometer Accuracy Positionally Stable Latch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren
Award Amount: $99,304.00
Abstract:
Future large aperture space observation missions will require large mirrors and structures to be deployed with optical precision. Current technologies require latches that have high friction contact mechanisms that have experimentally shown to make the structures unstable at the mission level and… More

DURESS; A Durable, Environmentally-Compliant Non-Skid Coating System for Naval Fleet Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. William E. Dorogy
Award Amount: $69,945.00
Abstract:
Non-skid coating systems for various naval applications consist of a primer applied directly onto the deck substrate, a topcoat containing aggregate to generate the non-skid properties and an optional color topping. Current systems exhibit low durability, experience impact damage, are prone to… More

UV-Curable, No VOC Aircraft Repair Spray-Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $97,828.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes a new class of spray-applied, enviromentally-compliant/economical aircraft repair coatings that meets/exceeds the performance of original, solovent-based, two-part polyurethane (PUR) repair coating. Our enviromentally-compliant aircraft repair coating (ECARC) topcoat for… More

SBIR Phase I: Methanol Crossover-Resistant, Membrane Electrode Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul Chambers
Award Amount: $97,231.00

Cermaic Matrix Composites With Net-Shape Single Crystal Yag Reinforcement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Prashant Karandikar , PROJECT ENGINEER
Award Amount: $599,997.00

Cradle-to-Grave Environmentally-Compliant No VOC Furniture Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,957.00

Super Accuracy Locking and Self Actuating Hinge Joint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,978.00

Lightweight, Low Thermal Conductivity Cryogenic Penetrations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,914.00

Braze Joining of SiC Composite RLV Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,982.00

A Low Risk, Low Cost Manufacturing Method for Lightweight RLV Expanding Wall Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,964.00

COMPLIANCE CHAMBERS FOR ARTIFICIAL HEART IMPLANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Jayaraj, Jumaraswamy
Award Amount: $98,106.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel E Bullock
Award Amount: $375,000.00

Robust Rod-Coil Films for MEMS Lubrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Osenar
Award Amount: $96,514.00

High-Strength, UV Resistant, Lightweight LCP Cords Suitable for Deck Edge Safety Nets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky
Award Amount: $69,982.00

Novel Applications for Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson
Award Amount: $69,973.00

Environmentally Friendly Fill Fluid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky
Award Amount: $69,834.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $599,856.00

Nonclogging Sewage Discharge Pump

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Cardenas
Award Amount: $69,945.00

Modulated Corner Cube Concept for Laser Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Moshe Oren
Award Amount: $99,579.00

Electric Actuator Prognostics System Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Dill
Award Amount: $69,947.00

Integrated Tactile Transduction Garmet for In-Flight Spatial Orientation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
Not Available DOD and other government agencies as well as commercial laser manufacturers have a strong need for high power narrow reflectors. Two specific examples of immediate importance are 940 nm Nd lasers for water vapor lidar, and high energy 1.03um Yb lasers. These lasers require optics… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $749,766.00

Non-Chromated Flexible Primer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William Dorogy Jr
Award Amount: $69,798.00
Abstract:
Not Available Sensors Unlimited will grow, fabricate and test a broadened-wave guide distributed feedback laser designed to operate at a wavelength of 1.55 um. The goal of this program is the delivery of the relevant basic material and structural characterization necessary for the design of a… More

Phase Tunable Spatial Light Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Moshe Oren
Award Amount: $99,912.00
Abstract:
Not Available The primary goal of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop cost effective, high performance 1300nm vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). These devices can serve as a low cost replacement for edge emitting, or stripe lasers, which are commonly used in military and… More

Robust, Long Life Submarine Outboard Electrical Cable Connector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Formato
Award Amount: $69,919.00

ADHER: Adherent Durable Hydrophobic Epoxy Resin Formulation for Underwater Hull Touch-Up Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nese Orby
Award Amount: $69,940.00

Switchable Microlenses Using Improved Holographic Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Composite Optical Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Domash
Award Amount: $99,953.00

High Temperature, Multiple Purpose MEMS Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Eveson
Award Amount: $99,992.00

Novel Class of Polymers for Energy Storage Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Dorogy
Award Amount: $99,981.00

Innovative Composite Heat Exchanger Technology Enhanced by Electrohydrodynamics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Lovell
Award Amount: $69,964.00

Development of Low-Cost, Composite Isogrid Support Structures for Large-Scale Naval Applications of Superconductivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell
Award Amount: $69,962.00

Extreme Environments Support/Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Uday kashalikar
Award Amount: $99,989.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $739,931.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar
Award Amount: $743,083.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr Patricia Wilson
Award Amount: $749,991.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert Kovar
Award Amount: $747,235.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Moshe Oren
Award Amount: $749,473.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas
Award Amount: $749,741.00

Cost-Effective Integrated Miniature Furnace Body and Sample Contaminant Fabrication Method

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Roy, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,963.00

High Performance Balloon Envelope Materials for Planetary Aerobots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,927.00

Micro-Dynamic Shock Absorber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,839.00

Novel Vibration Damping of Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Turbine Blades for RLV Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Campbell, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $69,981.00

Phase I will demonstrate concept feasibility through laboratory testing at room temperature with an air-water tank designed to simulate zero gravity fluid orientations.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Lovell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,998.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A Warren Phd
Award Amount: $734,999.00

Laser Induced Flourescence Imager for Closed Loop Epitaxial Growth Process Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha
Award Amount: $99,927.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert F Kovar
Award Amount: $740,000.00

INTERNAL VERSUS EXTERNAL SENSING FOR ROTARY BLOOD PUMPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Walter
Award Amount: $99,898.00
Abstract:
Not Available Heat exchanger seawater inlet pipes and heat exchanger face plates of ships and submarines are susceptible to biofilm formation and growth reducing heat transfer performance. Current remedies include enviromentally harmfull chlorinations and high pressure flushing which is expensive… More

Roadway Pavement Condition Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,908.00
Abstract:
Not Available The purpose of this proposed effort is to provide a design for a new generation of GPS CRPA antennas which will have superior anti-am performance against a larger number of intentional or unintentional interfering sources than is presently possible. At the same time, this new antenna… More

Low Cost Rugged Upward Looking Infrared Ground Sensor for Stand Off Chemical Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha
Award Amount: $69,933.00
Abstract:
Not Available ZnO has emerged as viable prospect for use as a substrate for GaN deposition. Various techniques have been applied to grow ZnO crystals, but the hyrothermal method has had the most success. Thermodynamic modeling is proposed as the approach to predicting suitable low temperature,… More

Structural Bracing for Seismic Energy Dissipation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell
Award Amount: $69,856.00
Abstract:
Not Available Piezoceramics have been gaining increasing popularity in structural control. Their high energy density permits fabrication of actuators with very high control authority, yet relatively little mass of volume. These properties make piezoceramics ideal for precision positioning… More

Advanced VCSEL Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Haugsjaa
Award Amount: $119,909.00
Abstract:
Not Available The proposed innovation is the development of a cost efficient, high-resolution CMOS APS digital camera-on-a-chip for ballistic missile defense applications, providing early warning of attack, target detection, classification and tracking. A proprietary innovative APS design allows… More

Nanofiber Processing Developmental Facility for Soldier Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Walter Zukas
Award Amount: $68,678.00
Abstract:
Not Available The production of high quality, large area GaN single crystal substrates is perhaps one of the most outstanding issues in III-V nitride materials. The availability of GaN substrates is expected to decrease the defect density of homoepitaxial GaN films, thus paving the path for large… More

Pressurized Fuel Filter Restriction Gauge for the HMMWV Military Vehicle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Giampiero Brentani
Award Amount: $69,630.00
Abstract:
Not Available By selectively converting the carbon matrix of high conductivity C-C to SiC, a CTE tailored Hi-K thermal management material will be developed. Recycled A/C brake C-C and proven one-step low-cost Hi-K C-C will be selected for the proposed development activity. Used brake material will… More

ISO-Lift

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Cardenas
Award Amount: $69,542.00
Abstract:
Not Available An improved VARTM (vacuum resin transfer molding) process for the fabrication of large scale composite parts and ships is needed by the Navy. Sunrez has conceived and is developing the new LS VARTM Process which eliminates all of the under bag flow media usually associated with… More

Novel Applications for Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson
Award Amount: $299,417.00

Electric Actuator Prognostics System Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William G. Leary
Award Amount: $813,179.00

Robust, Long Life Submarine Outboard Electrical Cable Connector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $597,087.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brian P. Farrell
Award Amount: $99,917.00
Abstract:
Not Available This research will develop techniques in the areas of scheduling, planning and security that will enable distributed operations of multiple cooperative robots. The primary innovations of this work are the significant extension of the goal-driven control a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,401.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell
Award Amount: $69,898.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: David J. Hoadley
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: David J. Hoadley
Award Amount: $396,881.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mendum, Staff Chemist
Award Amount: $99,992.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Roy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,964.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas
Award Amount: $69,952.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Roy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,956.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,966.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,975.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,992.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Judith B. Gertler, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,937.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Stephen M. Popkin, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,970.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Lovell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,978.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds
Award Amount: $1,089,190.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert F. Kovar, Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,930.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger Demler
Award Amount: $68,830.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Joseph Ting
Award Amount: $99,952.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Abed K. Kanaan
Award Amount: $99,996.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj
Award Amount: $119,863.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Ting
Award Amount: $69,674.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Westmark, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,980.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas H.E. Mendum, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,737.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William E. Dorogy, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,778.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven D. Potter, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,834.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sara E. Rosenberg, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,734.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kash Kasturi
Award Amount: $69,977.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $99,976.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $69,935.00
Abstract:
Not Available Effective energy storage is a key issuer of NASA space power system. Secondary batteries are considered as candidates for the portable and rechargeable energy storage. The primary criteria for rechargeable batteries are high energy density and low cost. NASA's goal is to increase… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $69,959.00
Abstract:
Not Available Manufacturable technology for producing field emission cathodes from arrays of uniform and aligned carbon nanotubes will be developed. The approach is based on the templated synthesis of carbon nanotube arrays of very high, up to 10E12 cm-2, density. The

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul Osenar
Award Amount: $99,948.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha
Award Amount: $69,974.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,946.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: K. Jayaraj, Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,832.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,999.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $69,854.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: R. Edwin Hicks
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: R. Edwin Hicks
Award Amount: $586,404.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin, Division Manager
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Leslie S. Rubin, Division Manager
Award Amount: $599,956.00

Advanced VCSEL Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul O. Haugsjaa
Award Amount: $714,221.00

Low-Cost Composite Isogrid Structures for Large-Scale Navy Applications of Superconductivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey
Award Amount: $735,352.00
Abstract:
Damaged underwater hulls on U.S. Navy ships are currently repaired by divers since dry-docking is expensive and logistically difficult or impossible to accommodate. This approach to hull repair can be very cost effective and time efficient. The coatingsused to complete these repairs, however,… More

Pressure-Tolerant Batteries for Autonomous Undersea Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson
Award Amount: $324,552.00

Optimized Structural Components Assembly Manager (OSCAM), Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky
Award Amount: $599,486.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy uses fill fluids in their sonar towed arrays to provide high quality sonar performance, proper buoyancy, and corrosion protection for the sonar electronics. The currently used fluid, ISOPAR L, poses two environmental hazards, the first tohumans during the filling operation and the… More

Automated Multispectral Wide Area Scene Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell
Award Amount: $400,000.00
Abstract:
Airborne Mine Countermeasures represents a critical capability for the Navy fleet. Existing towed sleds for mine detection operate from large MH-53E helicopters. The near-term plan is to transition to an

Polymeric High Dielectric Constant Materials with Nano-Sized Titanate Domains

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Jr., Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,975.00
Abstract:
An Advanced Capacitor Dielectric Material (ACDM) is proposed. Technical success will result in capacitors with both dielectric constant and strength values which exceed current polymeric capacitor materials combined with use temperatures >200¿C for NASA advanced capacitor programs. Molecular… More

Low Cost, Lightweight, High Performance Transparent Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Ronald Roy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $374,964.00
Abstract:
For military aircraft and land vehicles, there is a need for lightweight transparent armor that will provide a high level of ballistic protection at moderate cost. Hardfaced armor provides protection against (pointed) projectiles at very low arealdensities relative to other armor configurations. … More

Chemical Reclamation of Discarded Rubber Tires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $719,450.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to build upon its in-line oil monitoring technology to demonstrate and deliver an Integrated Oil Debris And Condition Sensor (IODACS) for continuous monitoring of the transmission and engine lubricants for total wear metal particles,contaminants and oil condition. This… More

Low Cost Attitude and Heading Reference System for Phased-array Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Farrell, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,960.00
Abstract:
As advancements in the semiconductor industry continue at a phenomenal pace, traditional printed wiring board (PWB) materials and technologies are approaching significant limitations. Higher density interconnections are required between ICs. Circuitsoperating in the microwave region and beyond… More

Technology for Shipbuilding Affordability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Potter, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
In a NAVAIR program, Foster-Miller produced a concept design for aShipboard Weapons Loader (SWL) which loads any weapon in theNavy's inventory to any shipboard aircraft. Due to geometricconstraints, actuators on the robotic manipulator must providetorque density exceeding the capacity of all but… More

Innovative SiC Processing for Lightweight Optical Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,946.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate a novel processing method to develop SiC/SiC composites for optical structures. The need to reduce the weight, size, and costs of current systems make the use of SiC ideal. Traditional materials, like aluminum and glass are inherently limited in terms of CTE,… More

Miniature Fiber Optics Sensors for Small-Scale Explosives Test

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kash Kasturi, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,960.00
Abstract:
Paratroopers have been among those in the Army at the highest risk of serious injuries. These injuries are due to excessive impact forces and moments, and are a great concern for military operations. The overall goal of this Phase II program is to reducethese injuries. Two avenues will be taken to… More

Innovative Emergency Passenger Window System for Rail Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
This project will develop an improved emergency passenger window design to facilitate egress and rescue. Two innovative concepts are proposed, each of which addresses many limitations of currently available window systems. One utilizes an embedded low-friction cable which contracts the gasket,… More

In-Situ Monitoring of Cure Kinetics of E Beam Curable Epoxy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret 1. Roylance, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
The detailed nature of the curing reaction in E Beam curable composites matrix resins and adhesives is not well understood. Dose rate and location in a part can have a considerable, but as yet unmeasured, effect on the properties of the cured part. In addition, significant heat may be generated in… More

COMPLIANCE CHAMBERS FOR ARTIFICIAL HEART IMPLANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brian P. Farrell
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Unedited Applicant's Abstract): The intrathoracic compliance chamber (ICC) is the most successful solution to the variable volume problem of a totally implantable pulsatile artificial heart. However, existing designs are handicapped by the rate at which the gas… More

Robust, Low-Cost, Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,910.00
Abstract:
The use of novel Phase Change Materials (PCMs) in solid form within heating and cooling systems offers the potential for reducing initial system construction costs and increasing efficiency. Current PCMs cause problems such as fouling, segregation and highslurry viscosity within the heat exchanger… More

Developing Desiccant Coatings for the Elastomer Bed for Optimal Enthalpy Exchange Ventilation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
65769 Traditional separation technologies are highly sophisticated and well established, however they are extremely energy intensive. Therefore, new, innovative separation technologies, such as membrane separations are needed for improved energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. This project… More

COMPLIANCE CHAMBERS FOR ARTIFICIAL HEART IMPLANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brian P. Farrell
Award Amount: $749,970.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Unedited Applicant's Abstract): The intrathoracic compliance chamber (ICC) is the most successful solution to the variable volume problem of a totally implantable pulsatile artificial heart. However, existing designs are handicapped by the rate at which the gas… More

Reduced Cost Sewer Pipe Relining Using Ultrasonic Lamination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $224,867.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I program, Foster-Miller developed techniques based on Ultrasonic Tape Lamination (UTL) for joining of plasticized PVC sewer pipe liner. This effort was undertaken in response to a need for environmentally sound and cost-effective methods for rehabilitation of aging water and… More

High Specific Strength Isotropic MMCs for Turbomachinery Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate high strength isotropic aluminum and copper alloy matrix composite materials to produce lightweight rocket engine oxygen and hydrogen turbopump housings. These materials have the potential to provide the key rocket engines materials requirements: high specific strength… More

Ice Phobic Coatings for Low Observable (LO) Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Westmark, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,930.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I program, Foster-Miller will develop and evaluate coatings that can prevent ice from forming or reduce the adhesion strength of ice on the surface of low observable (LO) aircraft. Foster-Miller will examine coatings that self-organize onthe aircraft surface to provide a hydrophilic… More

Biofilm Remediation for Restoration of Contaminated Army Sites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Guilmanov, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
Free-phase pollutants are persistent environmental contaminants. Present in situ remediation involving biological/chemical oxidation of trichloroehylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and explosives [2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT),hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX)] is limited to diluted… More

Reduced Cost Sewer Pipe Relining Using Ultrasonic Lamination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I program, Foster-Miller developed techniques based on Ultrasonic Tape Lamination (UTL) for joining of plasticized PVC sewer pipe liner. This effort was undertaken in response to a need for environmentally sound and cost-effective methods for rehabilitation of aging water and… More

MEMS Sensors for Wind Tunnel Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Everson, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,930.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller and the University of Florida propose to design a dual mode MEMS-based pressure/temperature sensor using unique processes developed by the team. The objective is to create sensing elements for both modes with higher sensitivity and lowernoise than available with standard processing… More

Mission Payload for Small Urban Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds, Division Manager
Award Amount: $119,865.00
Abstract:
This proposal will address the payloads and the integration issues associated with small unit UGV robot systems defined as systems that could be disassembled and backpacked or hand carried to a forward position. These robots will support dismounted andmounted infantry and will be particularly useful… More

Multifunctional Composite Grid Stiffened Launch Vehicle Fairings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Payload fairings are a critical cost and performance driver for launch vehicles. Grid stiffened construction is an efficient alternative to current composite core designs. Foster-Miller has assembled an expert team, including The Boeing Company and AlliantTechSystems, to evaluate options, develop,… More

Bridge Anchorage Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
Anchor systems are used to keep military support bridging in place and to withstand the water currents flowing in the wet gap they span. Current anchorage systems use kedge anchors, which are dropped from individual pontoons of the floating bridge to thestreambed, and a combination of overhead… More

Highly Nonlinear Optical Nano-Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bindu Nair, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,930.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I proposal is to synthesize and characterize supra-nonlinear optical materials in conjunction with nanoparticle networks containing dispersions of highly non-linear optical (NLO) materials. Nematic liquid crystals (LC) dopedwith methyl red, a photoconducting dye, have… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel, Low-Cost, High Temperature Composite Proton Exchange Membrane for Advanced Automotive Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar
Award Amount: $99,923.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a low-cost composite proton exchange membrane (PEM) capable of high temperature operation (>150 degrees C) with excellent chemical resistance and good thermal and dimensional stability suitable for advanced fuel cells in… More

Long Life, High Power Density UAV Employing Advanced PEM Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Osenar, Project Scientist
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Using established processing methods, Foster-Miller will further development of its most promising ion conducting polymer candidate by synthesizing control ICPs by direct sulfonation as well as appropriate precursors. The control ICPs will be fabricatedto exhibit the required combination of… More

Design and Characterization of a Two-Bag Blood Products Lyophilization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Guilmanov, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $119,806.00
Abstract:
Storage blood bags become vulnerable when they are defrosted. In particular, the U.S. Army has reported many instances of significant loss of blood products from storage bag breakage. Freeze drying of blood products may be considered to be an alternativeto the current practice of cryopreservation.… More

PICO - A Small, Intermediate-Term Precision Time and Frequency Source for NAVSSI and LINK-16 Terminals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,869.00
Abstract:
Shipboard sonar domes based upon steel fiber-reinforced rubber currently show unsatisfactory performance as a result of narrow operating frequency range, high acoustic insertion losses and corrosion of metal fibers. Foster-Miller proposes to combine andextend our successful hydrocarbon resin, PBO… More

Small, Low-Cost GPS Antijam System for Precision Guided Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Gassner, Vice President
Award Amount: $729,515.00
Abstract:
Defense against weapons of mass destruction like chemical and biological agents is a national priority, and there is a continuing effort to improve protection of soldiers and civilians against them. In this effort, Foster-Miller proposes to use itscapabilities in polymer science and commercial… More

Fiber Optic Sensor for Unexploded Ordnance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha, Chief Technologist
Award Amount: $729,680.00
Abstract:
Advanced autonomous detection of chemical warfare agents and other organic materials has long been a major military concern and is becoming an increasingly realistic threat. In this proposed Phase II program Foster-Miller, Inc. will complete thedevelopment of a unique robust miniature mid-infrared… More

Embedded Antenna Loops for the VHF-UHF

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,806.00
Abstract:
The next generation Warrior systems pose a number of challenging problems for communications. In particular, the fast-growing amount of information the individual soldier is required to receive and transmit requires radio and communication systems withincreased performance. This need is… More

Enhanced Crystalline Alignment of TERFENOL-D

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William Posage, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,897.00
Abstract:
Although no one technology solves all the inspection issues peculiar to submarine propeller shafts, a combination of long range ultrasonic techniques succeed where single approaches fail. One method we will use emits a pulse of refracted shear waves thatinteract with indications in the material,… More

Efficient Selective Emitter Based Incandescent Lamps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Roy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $700,000.00
Abstract:
60821 Artificial lighting consumes about 20 percent of the U.S. energy production, and has rather low efficiencies (from less than 7 percent for the incandescent lamp to about 30 percent for the most efficient but high cost lamps). Economical incandescent lamps with efficiencies of 30… More

Efficient Selective Emitter Based Incandescent Lamps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Roy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60821 Artificial lighting consumes about 20 percent of the U.S. energy production, and has rather low efficiencies (from less than 7 percent for the incandescent lamp to about 30 percent for the most efficient but high cost lamps). Economical incandescent lamps with efficiencies of 30… More

Composite Pilothouse for the Mark V Special Operations Craft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Derek Fox, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
MK V SOC service failures have occurred where the windshield and entire pilothouse assembly have collapsed on wave impact. Such failures have even occurred at moderate speeds in fairly benign seas. The modular pilothouse can also suffer from structuraldegradation due to the disassembly operations… More

Sparsely Braided Composites for Gossamer Deployable Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Future space science missions will deploy structures many hundreds of meters long to provide compression columns for solar sails, heat shields and low-cost power production. These structures must be ultra-lightweight, packaged efficiently and be reliable over many years of mission duration. Existing… More

Sparsely Braided Composites for Gossamer Deployable Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $587,461.00
Abstract:
Future space science missions will deploy structures many hundreds of meters long to provide compression columns for solar sails, heat shields and low-cost power production. These structures must be ultra-lightweight, packaged efficiently and be reliable over many years of mission duration. Existing… More

Harvesting of Iliac Autogeneous Cancellous Bone

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Abed K. Kanaan
Award Amount: $121,845.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Provided by Applicant): Autogenous cancellous bone is currently the "gold standard" for bone graft material and is used in more than 500,000 procedures per year in the U.S. However, the present methods of harvesting cancellous bone is… More

Novel Cold-Flow Enhancing Additives for Jet Fuel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Westmark, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II program Foster-Miller will continue working on the development of cutting edge molecular modeling techniques to design and select candidate jet fuel additives to prevent aircraft fuel filter plugging by paraffin waxes at low temperature.This additive can be used in JP-8 to improve… More

Novel Cold-Flow Enhancing Additives for Jet Fuel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Westmark, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $739,546.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II program Foster-Miller will continue working on the development of cutting edge molecular modeling techniques to design and select candidate jet fuel additives to prevent aircraft fuel filter plugging by paraffin waxes at low temperature.This additive can be used in JP-8 to improve… More

Rapid Remove/Replace Stealth Gap Filler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Tiano, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $723,757.00
Abstract:
In this effort, Foster-Miller proposes to continue development of a novel approach for rapid remove and replace gap sealants for maintaining low observable characteristics. In Phase I, Foster-Miller considered various concepts, examined them viaanalytical design methods, and performed laboratory… More

Crew Performance Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Judith B. Gertler, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The proposed Crew Performance Analyzer (CPA) will provide NASA with an innovative and cost-effective method for automatically identifying selected categories of crew performance from videotaped records. The CPA will be more efficient and more accurate than using human observers to process the… More

Crew Performance Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Judith B. Gertler, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,817.00
Abstract:
The proposed Crew Performance Analyzer (CPA) will provide NASA with an innovative and cost-effective method for automatically identifying selected categories of crew performance from videotaped records. The CPA will be more efficient and more accurate than using human observers to process the… More

Two-Phase Cryogen Massflow and Quality Metering by Multiuse Microwave Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Lovell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Measuring the mass flow rates of both the liquid and vapor phases of cryogenic fluids is not currently practiced. This capability would enable the lower weight space systems and allow feedback control and diagnostics for many currently open loop thruster and thermal management systems.Foster-Miller… More

Two-Phase Cryogen Massflow and Quality Metering by Multiuse Microwave Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Lovell, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,744.00
Abstract:
Measuring the mass flow rates of both the liquid and vapor phases of cryogenic fluids is not currently practiced. This capability would enable the lower weight space systems and allow feedback control and diagnostics for many currently open loop thruster and thermal management systems.Foster-Miller… More

Roadway Pavement Condition Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIUR (Small Business Innovative Research) proposal is based on work accomplished by Foster-Miller, Inc. and Battelle Memorial Institute during a prior Phase I SBIR program under contract DTRS57-99-C-00090. The purpose of the Phase I program was to develop an in-vehicle sensor to… More

Rapid Remove/Replace Stealth Gap Filler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Tiano, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
In this effort, Foster-Miller proposes to continue development of a novel approach for rapid remove and replace gap sealants for maintaining low observable characteristics. In Phase I, Foster-Miller considered various concepts, examined them viaanalytical design methods, and performed laboratory… More

Design for Limited Life Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The increased demands on aircraft manufacturers to produce low cost, low weight, high reliability aircraft has pushed the need to enable bonded only primary joints. Bonded joints require much less cost, decreased labor and lower joint profiles that canpermit increases in fuel and range. The… More

Design for Limited Life Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The increased demands on aircraft manufacturers to produce low cost, low weight, high reliability aircraft has pushed the need to enable bonded only primary joints. Bonded joints require much less cost, decreased labor and lower joint profiles that canpermit increases in fuel and range. The… More

Affordable High Performance Composite Armor Encapsulation Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Divison Manager
Award Amount: $69,959.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate an innovative method to improve ballistic performance of ceramic armor tiles via its encapsulation with a high strength metal matrix (MMC) composite material. On account of thermal expansion and moduli differential betweenthe MMC encapsulant and the ceramic armor… More

Hand-Held Chemical Threat Monitor for the Soldier System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,798.00
Abstract:
Service infantry and reconnaissance elements have long-standing operational requirements for a field capability to rapidly assess chemical threats, monitor air quality, inspect, examine and in some cases, test systems and materials in forward deployedareas without extensive logistic support. Compact… More

Self-Deploying Tentage Utilizing Integral Folding Hinge

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Army has multiple needs for mobile structures for temporary deployment of forces. This need has become more critical as regional conflicts are now of primary concern to rapid Army deployment. Personnel must often be housed, in substantial numbers,in adverse areas, for long periods covering… More

Recycled Materials for Repair and Rehabilitation of Aging Concrete Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance
Award Amount: $69,987.00
Abstract:
Exterior wrapping of concrete columns initially was developed for seismic reinforcement in high-risk areas such as California. As the technology has gained acceptance, it is being considered for use in extending column life, reducing corrosion, and preventing spalling. All composite wrapping systems… More

Design and Characterization of a Two-Bag Blood Products Lyophilization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: V. Guilmanov, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Storage blood bags become vulnerable when defrosted. The U.S. Army has reported many instances of significant loss of blood products from storage bag breakage. Freeze-dried blood products provide an alternative to cryopreservation. The lyophilization ofplatelets and red blood cells on the… More

Gelled Propellant Mixing (GPM) -- Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Cardenas, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,804.00
Abstract:
Fully utilizing advances in rocket technology in the modern battlefield safely requires the use gelled rocket bipropellants (oxidizers and fuels). Redstone Arsenal has demonstrated the advantages of gelled propellants through extensive testing. Gelledbipropellants combine the advantages of liquid… More

Low Thermal Conductance Torque Tube

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $441,397.00
Abstract:
"The U.S. Navy and private industry are investing heavily inseveral ship electric drive systems. Composite drive shafts withoptimized high torque end fittings hold promise for significantweight reduction. In the HTS ac synchronous motor a compositetorque tube system is necessary for magnet support… More

Robust, Low-Cost, Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials (RMPCMs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $729,905.00
Abstract:
The use of novel, Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials (MPCMs) in solid form within heating and cooling systems offers the potential for reducing initial system construction costs and increasing efficiency. Previous attempts to use MPCMs have faileddue to rupture of the capsules during… More

Grid-Stiffened Launch Vehicle Fairing Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Derek Fox, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $720,497.00
Abstract:
The Phase I program successfully demonstrated a novel technique for improving the cost effectiveness of grid-stiffened payload fairing structures fabrication. The feasibility of these methods was demonstrated through the manufacture of a test panel and theinitial development of the processing and… More

Quiet, High Efficiency Engine Performance with a Passive, Smart Exhaust System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,223.00
Abstract:
Next-generation wheeled and tracked ground vehicles are critical to Army operations. Foster-Miller proposes to increase engine performance, decrease fuel usage, and increase stealth of these vehicles through the development of a smart, baffleless exhaustsystem. The Foster-Miller Smart Exhaust… More

Mission Payload for Small Urban Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds, Vice President
Award Amount: $729,881.00
Abstract:
This proposal will address the payloads and the integration issues associated with small unit UGV robot systems defined as systems that could be disassembled and backpacked or carried in a saddle on the back of an FCS to a forward position. These robotswill support dismounted and mounted infantry… More

Hybrid Textile Antenna Suite for the Warrior of the 21st Century

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,187.00
Abstract:
The next generation Warrior systems pose a number of challengingproblems for communications. In particular, the fast-growing amount ofinformation the individual soldier is required to receive and transmitrequires radio and communication systems with increased performance.This need is complicated by… More

Submarine Propeller Shaft Interrogation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William Posage, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,974.00
Abstract:
"The US Navy is aggressively pursuing technologies that reduceship maintenance costs while also increasing the availability ofthe ships. Foster-Miller has pioneered several methods ofmachinery and system inspection and maintenance to reduce costs.Two ultrasonic inspection techniques that yield a… More

Low-Cost Manufacturing of Composite Hybrid Isogrid Mirror (CHIM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,792.00
Abstract:
"The Air Force requires lightweight, stiff and stable mirrors for use in high quality, space-based optical observation and energy projection systems. The current state-of-the-art uses various types of honeycomb core material with optical and composite facesheets. The honeycomb material, while… More

Detachable Bomb Pursuit Vehicle (DBPV) for Bomb Damage Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ben Dobson, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
"The development of low-cost guided munitions has given mission planners a new set of tools to achieve their objectives. These weapons have much greater accuracy than "dumb" iron bombs, but they can still be delivered from aircraft flying safely at highaltitudes, and are effective in all weather… More

High Specific Strength Isotropic MMCs for Turbomachinery Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate high strength isotropic aluminum and copper alloy matrix composite materials to produce lightweight rocket engine oxygen and hydrogen turbopump housings. These materials have the potential to provide the key rocket engines materials requirements: high specific strength… More

High Specific Strength Isotropic MMCs for Turbomachinery Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $599,940.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate high strength isotropic aluminum and copper alloy matrix composite materials to produce lightweight rocket engine oxygen and hydrogen turbopump housings. These materials have the potential to provide the key rocket engines materials requirements: high specific strength… More

Seat Belt Non-usage Warning System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Everson, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Highway fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles have declined from a high of 5.1 in 1960 to 1.5 in 1999. Increased use of seat belts undoubtedly is responsible for a significant portion of this decline. The goal of DOT¿s ¿Buckle Up America¿ campaign, initiated in 1997, is to increase the… More

Novel High Temperature Polymer Substrate for Low Cost High Efficiency Thin Film CIGS Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey
Award Amount: $99,728.00
Abstract:
70450 Solar energy from photovoltaics is too expensive for widespread terrestrial use. High costs per watt are due to poor material quality caused by a low substrate-limited growth temperature and costly module-fabrication, which relies on the discrete interconnection of individual cells. … More

Single-Walled Nanotube Composite Structures for Ballistic Missile Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,946.00
Abstract:
"Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) possess a unique combination of high strength, high modulus and high elongation. Before the benefits of these materials can be realized in BMD structural applications, SWNT fillers must be made compatible with thethermosetting resins traditionally used in… More

Development of an Automated Shipboard Food Service System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William Leary, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,898.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller proposes to develop a plan for an automated shipboard food preparation and scullery operation through a Systems Engineering Process (SEP) development program. Food service and scullery operations are complex systems that require a carefullyexecuted plan that only this type of an… More

Advanced Processing Techniques for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes for EMI Shielding of Naval Aviation Optical Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Tiano, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,910.00
Abstract:
"The objective of this proposal is to prove the feasibility of developing electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding based on single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) for naval aviation optical materials. While SWNTs have excellent electrical and mechanicalproperties, it is only through specialized… More

Extremely High Expansion Deployed Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $98,978.00
Abstract:
"Future space-based antenna and optical systems are required for global surveillance and identification of targets in areas denied to traditional airborne assets. To provide the resolution required for adequate discrimination, these systems must be ofunprecedented size and stiffness. For a mission… More

Improved Adhesion Strength Surface-Mounted Attachment Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
"The advanced aircraft now used in the Navy fleet consist of ever increasing percent weight of composite materials. Composite materials must be designed to accommodate through penetrations due to their notch sensitivity. The need to install hydraulic andelectrical lines throughout an aircraft has… More

Improved Crashworthy Aircraft Seat Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kash Kasturi, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,922.00
Abstract:
NASA is concerned with the prevention of hazardous and accident conditions in transport aircraft and is interested in the mitigation of passenger injuries in accident conditions. Aircraft seats can significantly contribute to the safety of the passengers by restraining them and providing protection… More

Improved Crashworthy Aircraft Seat Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kash Kasturi, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,840.00
Abstract:
NASA is concerned with the prevention of hazardous and accident conditions in transport aircraft and is interested in the mitigation of passenger injuries in accident conditions. Aircraft seats can significantly contribute to the safety of the passengers by restraining them and providing protection… More

Environmentally Compliant Corrosion-Activated Inhibitor System for Aluminum Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: William Dorogy
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
The federal government is estimated to spend $1 billion on painting/repainting aircraft annually. Aircraft have surfaces composed of aluminum alloys that are highly susceptible to corrosion and must be protected with corrosion-preventative treatments that typically contain chromates. Chromates are… More

Deployable Rigid Parawings for High-Altitude Aerial Delivery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
"The Objective Force Army requires low-cost, accurate aerial logistical supply. Traditional, low altitude methods expose aircraft and crews to dangerous ground fire. Existing high-altitude technologies are too expensive and have limited payload mass andglide ratio performance.Foster-Miller has… More

Lightweight, Blast-Resistant Metal Matrix Track

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,500.00
Abstract:
"Air transportability, buoyancy and acoustic signature of future Army tracked vehicles such as the Crusader will be greatly enhanced if lightweight yet blast-resistant track components are developed to replace the existing forged, surface-hardened steelcomponents. Foster-Miller proposes to… More

Polymer Microfabrication Techniques for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Farrell, Team Leader
Award Amount: $119,965.00
Abstract:
"In this proposed Phase I effort, Foster-Miller will develop and demonstrate microfabrication and 3D packaging techniques for a new class of electronic substrate materials known as liquid crystal polymers (LCPs). Foster-Miller has been developing anelectronic packaging technology based on these… More

Long Life, High Power Density Fuel Cell for UAV Employing Advanced Proton Exchange Membrane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bindu Nair, Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Quiet, electrically propelled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) powered by advanced PEM fuel cells can play an increasingly important role as platforms of choice for new reconnaissance and search and destroy missions against terrorist threats. To meet DoDneeds, significant increases in PEM fuel cell… More

Long Life, High Power Density Fuel Cell for UAV Employing Advanced Proton Exchange Membrane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bindu Nair, Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $746,943.00
Abstract:
Quiet, electrically propelled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) powered by advanced PEM fuel cells can play an increasingly important role as platforms of choice for new reconnaissance and search and destroy missions against terrorist threats. To meet DoDneeds, significant increases in PEM fuel cell… More

Field Portable Blood Collection and Separation Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Malcolm Taylor, Sr. Technical Specialist
Award Amount: $69,939.00
Abstract:
"A military version of Haemonetics Corporation's Chairside Separatorr will be developed which meets or exceeds all of the U.S. Army requirements for blood collection and separation. The Chairside Separatorr is based on Haemonetics' Dynamic DiskTtechnology, which allows rapid collection and… More

Thermally Adjusting Regulating Panels for Internal Thaw (TARP-IT) for Safely Thawing Frozen Food

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wilson, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,964.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller proposes to develop Thermally Adjusting Regulating Panels for Internal Thaw (TARP-IT) to safely thaw frozen foods without the use of electricity. The TARP-IT kit will be designed in a modular fashion such that the panels can be easilytransported and stored. The panels can be quickly… More

Augmented Micro-manipulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Rajesh Kumar
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I Project proposes to develop and validate augmentation strategies for micrometer scale laboratory tasks by using a prototype Augmented Micro-manipulation System (AMS) based on a cooperative robot. The AMS is applicable to a vast range of… More

Tamper Resistant Coating Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $99,951.00
Abstract:
Current thermal spray ceramic tamper-resistant coatings (TRCs) for electronic components are expensive, unreliable and can cause significant thermal damage to underlying circuitry during application at high temperatures. Foster-Miller proposes to developa secure and reliable,… More

Development of a Micro-Pumped Cryogenic Two Phase Heat Transport System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Walker, Program Manager
Award Amount: $98,968.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller is proposing a simple solution to the problem of cooling satellite instrumentation to cryogenic temperature. The system is a micro-pumped, 2-phase heat transport loop that employs multiple MEMS-size micro-pumps to move a cryogenic fluidbetween an evaporator and a condenser. The… More

Unique High Temperature Liquid Crystal Polymer Substrate for Thin Film Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey, Team Leader
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
"Thin film solar cells have promise of producing high specific power values (over 1000W/kg) if a light weight substrate that permits growth of high-quality semiconductor material is available. Past results using CuInSe2 -type materials on polymersubstrates have suffered because the CIGS quality has… More

Development of an Economical Process for the High Yield Production of Cellulase

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Guilmanov
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
70415 The enzymatic depolymerization of cellulose, a major biomass component, is required for the economical and environmentally sound conversion of plant matter into bio-based products and energy. However, the prohibitive costs of current enzyme microbial production processes prevent the… More

Internal Pipe Repair System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Carter
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
70797 Pipe and/or joint leakage is a critical problem for both the transmission and distribution of natural gas. Most distribution and some transmission systems are located in densely populated urban settings, and these pipeline defects would jeopardize the safety of the surrounding public if… More

Super High Expansion Ratio Reflector for Picosat Antennae, SHERRPA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,946.00
Abstract:
?Nanosats? have the potential to revolutionize the way NASA utilizes outer space. These small, highly capable spacecraft could provide rapid response communications and surveillance for emerging threats and robust networks for global coverage. This new class of satellites will need highly accurate… More

Active Thermal Management System (ATMS) for Spacecraft in a MEO and GEO Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Dorogy Jr., Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller proposes a highly innovative concept for an Active Thermal Management System (ATMS) that is sufficiently robust to allow operation in a space environment for between 15 to 20 years. ATMS is designed to generate a surface exhibiting aconstant low absorptance value throughout the solar… More

Carbon Microfiber Airframe Structures Based on an Insect Cuticle Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Roylance, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
Carbon fiber reinforced organic matrix composites can be used to fabricate very high specific strength and stiffness aerospace structures, but current manufacturing methods for organic matrix composites are limited by their extremely labor intensive nature. There exists a need for conformable high… More

Automating the Navy's Provision and Material Transfer System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William Leary, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,967.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller proposes to develop a plan to automate a portion of the Navy's existing provision and material transfer system. Current methodologies used in material and provision transfer onto and within Navy ships are manpower intensive, sometimes unsafe,and don't utilize the more modern equipment… More

Novel Brazing Technology for Joining and Sealing of CMC/Monolithic Turbine Vanes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Sara E. Rosenberg, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,821.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller and GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) have been working together for years on the next generation ceramic matrix composite (CMC) airfoils required to reach the IHPTET performance goals. Smaller turbines, such as in the Joint Turbine Advanced GasGenerator (JTAGG), have particularly demanding… More

Stingray

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Farinella, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,938.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller's Stingray system is a low risk approach to the Marine Corp's long-range incapacitation need. A derivative of Foster-Miller's Sting Net design, Stingray is 40mm compatible fire and forget, optically fuzed, ballistic delivered High VoltagePulse (HVP) system. The `Stinger' has been… More

Energy Scavenging Resonator for Wireless Sensor Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Henning, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,924.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller proposes to develop a novel self-optimizing energy scavenging device for condition-based maintenance applications specifically targeted to engine condition monitoring sensors. The device will be able to generate up to 10 mW of DC power foronline sensors and wireless CBM network nodes… More

Fire and Forget Non-Lethal Kinetic Energy Munition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,922.00
Abstract:
"The military requires a range-variable, non-lethal kinetic energy munition that is non-lethal over their entire engagement range from muzzle to a maximum range of 100m. An ideal munition would incorporate a highly accurate fuse and proximity sensor thatwould sense the target range and /or some… More

Shielding Solutions for Composite Ship Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Derek Fox, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,926.00
Abstract:
"Composite structures can provide major weight savings and performance improvements over metallic structures. Their high strength to weight ratio, corrosion resistance and compatibility with low radar cross-section designs have led to their increasing usein ship construction. However since these… More

Innovative Lubricant Quality Monitoring Using Optical Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Henning, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
"As a leader in sensor development for online oil condition based maintenance, Foster-Miller is pleased to respond to the Office of Naval Research's call for a low cost online lubricant condition sensor system. We presently have one of the few demonstratedcapabilities for online oil monitoring with… More

Highly Thermally Conductive Anisotropic Thermoplastic Film Adhesive

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Tiano, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,972.00
Abstract:
"In this effort, Foster-Miller will develop an affordable and novel high temperature resistant, thermally conductive polymeric adhesive for bonding high-power electronic structures. The Foster-Miller system will consist of a highly adhesive thermoplasticfilm with the conductive filler aligned… More

Gradient Functionality, Nanocomposite Elastomer Sheath System for Composite Rotor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,772.00
Abstract:
"Metal protective sheaths currently used on the V-22 rotor blade leading edge to protect against sand and rain erosion are heavy, rigid and expensive. Elastomeric sheaths are being considered as replacements for metal sheaths, since they are lightweight,flexible and abrasion-resistant. However,… More

High-Temperature/Lower Cost Appliqu¿ Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,293.00
Abstract:
"Applique materials under development for the past seven years have demonstrated the potential to replace current spray applied polyurethane topcoats on high performance military aircraft with significant savings in initial cost and in-servicesupportability through elimination of hazardous… More

Innovative Method for Rapid Turnaround Damage Analysis of Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Arata, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,965.00
Abstract:
"Composite structures are inherently difficult and time-consuming to analyze due to their material and geometric complexities and the vast number of interfaces present in the material. Conventional analysis techniques, such as the finite element method,can provide acceptably accurate predictions of… More

Automated Maintenance Prescription Generation for Shipboard Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Chen, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,612.00
Abstract:
"Foster-Miller, Inc. proposes to develop new tools and integrate existing Foster-Miller Machinery Health Management tools into the design of an automated prescription based health maintenance system (PBHMS). The proposed PBHMS will:Generate prescriptions that are dynamically updated and priority… More

FOOT PRESSURE AND SHEAR DATA VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gordon B. Hirschman
Award Amount: $119,415.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Foot ulceration is a diabetic complication that results in over $1 billion worth of medical expenses per year in the United States alone. To better quantify the external forces involved in ulceration, researchers are developing new hardware systems that can… More

Fiber Placement Process Change Streamlining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Derek Fox, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,967.00
Abstract:
"Fiber placement is a relatively new composite fabrication process with increasing use on military and commercial programs. The materials, equipment, and process are continuously evolving and while these changes provide productivity and quality benefitsthey also present the risk for unintended… More

Airless Composite Tire System with Active Traction Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $69,940.00
Abstract:
The proposed approach will develop an innovative lightweight non-pneumatic tire that can be used in the aggressive environment anticipated by the Army for Objective Force. This tire system will combine durable, tough thermoplastic materials with modifiedtread concepts to offer a ballistically… More

Control Surface with Innovative Structural Arrangement and Nontraditional Load Paths

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Derek Fox, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,920.00
Abstract:
Composite aircraft structures have been designed using the same structural configurations as traditional metallic materials. These configurations prevent full utilization of the properties of these materials. Foster-Miller will team with Boeing todevelop a biomimetically inspired structural… More

MICRORIBBON CABLE/CONNECTOR FOR IMPLANTABLE ELECTRONICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brian P. Farrell
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Implantable micro machined electrode arrays, in the short term, are highly valuable research tools, and in the long run will have great impact on rehabilitation of patients with various disabilities. In a chronic system, an interconnect forms the critical link… More

Robotic Remote Runway Surveyor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Michael McCormack, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,976.00
Abstract:
"The Air Force is responsible for surveying assault zones the world over. These zones, which include landing zones for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft and drop zones for troops and equipment. The Air Force surveys these areas on a regular basis tophysically measure assault zone characteristics. … More

MICRORIBBON CABLE/CONNECTOR FOR IMPLANTABLE ELECTRONICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brian P. Farrell
Award Amount: $941,817.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Implantable micro machined electrode arrays, in the short term, are highly valuable research tools, and in the long run will have great impact on rehabilitation of patients with various disabilities. In a chronic system, an interconnect forms the critical link… More

LONG-TERM, IMPLANTABLE, INTRA-CRANIAL PRESSURE SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Abed K. Kanaan
Award Amount: $150,155.00
Abstract:
Disorders that occur in the nervous system can effect millions of people every year. These include trauma, vascular and immunological diseases of the nervous. Many of these disorders will produce changes in the blood brain barrier. Using state-of-the-art fiber optic technology, Foster- Miller is… More

High-Strength Liquid Crystal Polymer Reinforced Deck-Edge Netting Suitable for Marine Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Teverovsky, Justyna, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $584,985.00
Abstract:
Netting is currently used on U.S. Navy ships to provide fallprotection for landing/maintenance crews. This netting in pastyears was fabricated using metallic cord and at present isconstructed from nylon braid. The metal nets were quite durable,but added to the ship radar cross-section and were… More

Detachable Bomb Pursuit Vehicle for Battle Damage Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Farinella, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,879.00
Abstract:
Deployment of precision weapons from Air Force platforms has increased the probability of achieving desired first-strike effects on ground targets. GPS/INS guided weapons are launched without target overflight from increasing standoff ranges and, in mostcases, the aircrew does not observe weapons… More

Low-Cost Manufacturing of Composite Hybrid Isogrid Mirror (CHIM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The DoD requires lightweight, stiff and stable mirrors for use in high quality, space-based optical observation and energy projection systems. Current technology uses various types of honeycomb core material with optical and composite face sheets. Thehoneycomb material, while excellent in… More

Hand-Held Chemical Threat Monitor for the Soldier System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Henning, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $729,984.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Army recognizes the need for the individual soldier to have the ability to rapidly assess the presence of chemical threats whether in vapor phase in the atmosphere or in liquid phase on surfaces. In a recently completed Phase I SBIR program,Foster-Miller, Inc. demonstrated the feasibility… More

Microfabrication and 3D Packaging Techniques for Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Farrell, Team Leader
Award Amount: $729,981.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, in this proposed SBIR effort, will develop and demonstrate microfabrication and 3-D packaging techniques for a new class of electronic substrate materials known as LCPs. Foster-Miller has been developing an electronic packaging technologybased on these innovative LCPs for microwave… More

Development of a Micro-Pumped Cryogenic Two Phase Heat Transport System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David Walker, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller is proposing a simple solution to the problem of cooling satellite instrumentation to cryogenic temperature. The system is a micro-pumped, two-phase heat transport loop that employs multiple micro-pumps to move a cryogenic fluid between anevaporator and a condenser. The system is… More

Unique High Temperature Liquid Crystal Polymer Substrate for Thin Film Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey, Team Leader
Award Amount: $729,377.00
Abstract:
The development of thin film solar cells on flexible, lightweight, space qualified substrates provides a smart solution to manufacture large area PV arrays with high power density. These lightweight devices would not only offer cost savings but would bemission enabling in solar power satellites and… More

Coherent Real-Time Terahertz Imaging for Packages and Personnel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Aniruddha Weling, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
In today's environment of the global war on terrorism, there is a need to strengthen on-base and aviation security by developing next-generation inspection technology for detection and identification of concealed threats in packages and on personnel. Asthe Air Force utilizes the commercial shipping… More

Efficient Incandescent Visible Light Produced by Improved Boride and Nitride Filament Radiation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Roy
Award Amount: $99,966.00
Abstract:
72765S03-I Although artificial lighting consumes 20 percent of U.S. energy production, it has low efficiencies ¿ from 10 percent for incandescent lamps to 30 percent efficient (high cost) lamps. This project will develop a unique process to produce high efficiency, porous ceramic, incandescent… More

Development of a Portable Human Error Incident Investigation Tool for the Railroad Industry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Stephen Reinach, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop a human-centered portable human error investigation tool to aid railroad investigators in systematically identifying those factors that likely contributed to a railroad incident, and formulating appropriate corrective actions. This tool will be designed as a… More

MIRRORS: Monolithic Isogrid Reflectors for Radio-to-Optical Remote Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,918.00
Abstract:
The innovation addressed in this proposal is a structural architecture for large membrane reflectors. This system combines the deployability and high specific stiffness of flexible composite shell elements with the mass-efficiency of fractal isogrids.This combination of technologies simultaneously… More

Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor to Measure Relative Humidity in Concrete

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kokkins, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,843.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. proposes to develop a system for monitoring the internal relative humidity (RH) in concrete using an innovative optical fiber strain sensor. Capable of measurement from 70 to 100% RH, with precision of ? 1%, our approach builds on the technology already developed for strain… More

Novel Brazing Technology for Joining and Sealing of CMC/Monolithic Turbine Vanes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Sara Rosenberg, Section Leader - Composit
Award Amount: $729,939.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller and GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) have worked extensively to develop ceramic matrix composite (CMC) fabrication techniques for high temperature airfoils. GEAE's latest high pressure turbine (HPT) nozzle designs require CMCs and monolithics tomeet the goals of the Integrated High… More

Nanoscale Intralaminar Reinforcement for Biometric Toughening of Bismalemide Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: CLEMSON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,912.00
RI Contact: David Carroll
Abstract:
In this program, the Foster-Miller/Clemson University team will use single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) or carbon nanofibers as a reinforcing element promoting interlaminar shear strength and toughness in a biomimetic carbon fiber/ bismaleimide resincomposite based on an insect cuticle model. … More

Self-Healing, Adherent High Temperature RAM Repair Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller, Inc. proposes to develop a new sol gel derived high temperature RAM repair material and application system for use on advanced low observable aircraft such as the JSF. This unique new repair system can be easily applied in the field

High Energy, Extended Temperature Range Lithium Ion Battery with Nonflammable Electrolyte

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,944.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop high voltage lithium ion batteries having nonflammable electrolyte and capable of delivering high power at temperatures from 70¿C to -40¿C. These lightweight rechargeable batteries will be able to operate in the coldtemperatures at high altitudes, greatly… More

Development of an Air-Transportable, Rapid Production, Mixed Base Hydrogen Peroxide System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold, Manager, Environmental Te
Award Amount: $69,666.00
Abstract:
The Missile Defense Agency of the DoD needs to develop a system for the rapid production of mixed-base hydrogen peroxide (MHP). MHP, a key reagent used in chemical oxygen iodine lasers (COIL), is produced by blending two or more concentrated causticssolutions (LiOH, NaOH, and KOH) with hydrogen… More

Isogrid Supported Nanolaminate Reflector (SNR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,933.00
Abstract:
The MDA requires lightweight, stiff and stable mirrors for use in high quality, air-based and space-based optical observation and energy projection systems. The current state-of-the-art uses various types of honeycomb core material with glass and compositeface sheets. The honeycomb material, while… More

Synthetic Thinned Aperture Radiometer Boom Using Resilient Structures Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Pet Warren, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,901.00
Abstract:
The deployment of booms that support arrays of rigid panels has long been a classic problem in aerospace structural design. NASA?s recent investigations into Synthetic Thinned Aperture Radiometers have motivated a more in-depth look into the deployment of long, precise arrays of antenna panels for a… More

Beryllium Alloy Replacement Materials for Missile Optical Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,948.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate two classes of innovative, low cost and health hazard-free composite materials - metal matrix composites (MMC) and ceramic matrix composites (CMC) towards their utility to effectively substitute beryllium and its alloys inseveral critical military and commercial… More

Development of an Air Transportable, Mixed Caustic Production System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold, Manager, Environmental Te
Award Amount: $69,843.00
Abstract:
The Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense needs to develop a system for the production of mixed-base (MOH) solutions from solid caustics. The MOH will be used to produce mixed-base hydrogen peroxide (MHP), a key reagent in chemical oxygeniodine laser (COIL) systems. Solutions of the… More

Innovative Emergency Egress Windows for Rail Passenger Cars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kokkins, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $249,954.00
Abstract:
This document is a SBIR Phase II proposal regarding an emergency egress window for rail passenger cars. The technical approach presented here is a result of a successful demonstration of an emergency egress window concept during the previous Phase I program. Currently available egress windows… More

Ultrasonic Tape Laminated Cryogenic Tank Structures Processed Outside Autoclave

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Player, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,935.00
Abstract:
Recent designs for large aerospace structures especially cryotank structures for the second and third Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) are driving the aerospace community to develop out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing processes to save enormous autoclave capital equipment costs. In this… More

Lightweight, Zero-Erosion, Affordable DACS Nozzle Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,935.00
Abstract:
Erosion resistance and light weight are two key requirements for DACS nozzle and valve components. Foster-Miller will demonstrate innovative lightweight and affordable DACS nozzle and valve components that would exhibit zero erosion under anticipatedservice conditions. Our components will exhibit… More

Superior Composite Materials for High Heat Flux Laser Diode Array Thermal Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
High efficiency cooling systems for the state-of-the-art high heat flux laser diodes is the key to the successful development of compact and operational airborne and space-based directed energy weapons applications. Current cooling systems for high heatflux laser diodes are limited to less than 500… More

Wearable Sensor Embedding Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,885.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to design and develop a new knitted undergarment with an integrated sensor system. This design provides the necessary performance and sensor configuration options within a low-cost, comfortable, fault tolerant undergarment. Thetextile can be a platform for Combat Casualty… More

Innovative Optical Illumination Schemes for Surface Chemical Threat Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Franklin Landers, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop a portable system for rapid and effective standoff detection of chemical agents on surfaces. Ongoing laser interrogation efforts have demonstrated the ability to detect chemical agents on the ground, but these systems arenot readily adaptable to man-portable… More

Inducible Surface Hydrophobicity of Microbial Consortia for Biofilm Remediation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: TUFTS UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Guilmanov, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: David Kaplan
Abstract:
Microbial degradation is an effective method of decontaminating pools of free-phase pollutants, such as chlorinated solvents and explosives, in groundwater. The formation of microbial consortia capable of residing on free-phase contaminants has been shownrecently by the proposer. The population… More

A Wear-and-Forget Physiological Monitoring Sensor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Farrell, Team Leader
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
The US Army needs suitable sensors for physiological monitoring of free-ranging soldiers engaged in a broad variety of physical activities. Foster-Miller, using its wearable electronic network technology, will develop a robust, wearable physiologicalsensor network that will be able to withstand the… More

Automated Individual Real-Time Toxic Exposure Monitoring (AIRTEM) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marina Temchenko, Project Scientist
Award Amount: $99,903.00
Abstract:
Recent conflicts have seen the confrontation of the United States and its allies with a new type of enemy; an enemy relying not only upon traditional means of aggression, but also upon terror. The effects of this new order of attacking American freedomshave been realized by civilians and servicemen… More

Low-to-No VOC ¿Chromium-Free, Permanent Primer¿ (CFPP) Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Robert F. Kovar
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
Current aircraft coating systems consist of a top coat, chromated primer, and conversion coating, and typically are used for a maximum of only 6 years due mainly to decreased top coat performance. The entire coating system is removed by sanding or media-blasting down to bare metal, and an entirely… More

Innovative Emergency Egress Windows for Rail Passenger Cars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kokkins, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This document is a SBIR Phase II proposal regarding an emergency egress window for rail passenger cars. The technical approach presented here is a result of a successful demonstration of an emergency egress window concept during the previous Phase I program. Currently available egress windows… More

Single Wall Nanotube Based Sensor for Particle Sensing in the Space Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Tiano, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop a sensor to detect and count thermal and energetic particles in the space environment that can be deployed on micro- and nano-satellites. The novel device will exploit unique electrical properties of single wall carbonnanotubes (SWNTs) as the active sensing… More

Localized Reinforcement of Navy Helicopter Transmission Housings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Boris Rozenoyer, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
A magnesium alloy is used for many Navy helicopter gearbox and main transmission housings. There are two durability related concerns for these components: 1) housing service life is currently limited due to fretting fatigue and corrosion problems; and 2)several heavily loaded points in the housing… More

Easily Retrofitted, Active Noise Cancellation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Arata, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,273.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop an easily retrofitted, Active Noise Cancellation System (ANCS) for reducing the external noise of large transport and multifunction aircraft during takeoff and landing. Billions of dollars have been spent relocating peoplefrom around airports in which the average… More

Autonomous Damage Controls of Submarine HM&E Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Chen, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,937.00
Abstract:
Achieving reduced manning and lower O&M cost for the Virginia class submarine depends upon successful automation of labor intensive functions. Previous attempts have not produced the desired reduction because potential manning reductions achieved throughautomation were negated by battle damage… More

UAV Recovery System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Lee Cardenas, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Navy surface combatants will employ more unmanned autonomous vehicles in future operations. In addition future ships (DD(X), CG(X), and LCS) will be designed for reduced manning thus future Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) recovery systems must be unmannedor at least minimally manned.The majority of… More

Development of a Novel Flexible VOC-Free Chromate-Free Primer for Navy Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
The military currently uses a flexible primer (TT-P-2760) as part of their coating system for many types of aircraft. This primer prevents film cracking and subsequent corrosion, especially at high flexing components and fastener patterns. However, itcontains organic solvents (VOCs) and chromate… More

Lightweight, High Strength, Low Permeability Proton Exchange Membrane for High Differential Pressure Electrolytic Hydrogen Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
The DoD is investigating the development of high altitude airships (HAA) to fill the capability gap between current aerial vehicles and satellites. The HAA will require dramatic improvements in lightweight, highly efficient electric powerstorage/regeneration systems. A key enabling technology is… More

Cost-Effective and Safe Methods of Recovering Nitrocellulose from Gun Propellant Formulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,815.00
Abstract:
The military is disposing of large quantities of obsolete, unserviceable, and excess gun propellant by incineration processes. Such disposal is no longer considered environmentally acceptable and wastes potentially valuable resources. In keeping with theimpetus toward resource recovery and reuse… More

Composite Aircraft Structures with Embedded Strain and Damage Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,934.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes an aircraft structural health monitoring system based on the intrinsic properties of the carbon fiber reinforced composite fuselage materials. The electrical resistance of a multifiber carbon tow is known to vary as a function ofboth elastic strain and fiber breakage. The… More

Crew Activity Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Rajesh Kumar, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,918.00
Abstract:
Future space missions will require planning for human interactions in a confined and potentially harsh environment over extended periods of time. The study of human behavior in simulated environments is one means of planning for these missions. The proposed innovative Crew Activity Analyzer (CAA)… More

Flexible, Low CTE Composites for Precision Deployable Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nes Warren, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Future spacecraft will deploy optical apertures large enough to detect life on planets around distant stars. These apertures must maintain their shape to within small percentages of a wavelength over long observations. Current deployment technologies require hinges, latches and actuators,… More

An Innovative Method for the Prediction of Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Arata, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,914.00
Abstract:
Hydrogen embrittlement is among the more common forms of environmentally assisted cracking found in failed components made from high-strength steel alloys. There are numerous ways that hydrogen can enter the steel lattice and, under load, causeembrittlement. This embrittlement can lead to… More

Smart Munition Area Denial System (SMADS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds, Vice President
Award Amount: $119,971.00
Abstract:
The Small Mobile Area Denial Systems (SMADS) is a wheeled/tracked mobility platform that conforms to the NSD-A 6-Shooter anti-personnel land mine. The SMADS is plug compatible with the 6-Shooter and can share power, comms and control, freeing up space andweight for additional sensors for enhanced… More

Mine Blast Resistant Energy Absorbing Crew Seat for Ground Armored Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kash Kasturi, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,481.00
Abstract:
An innovative approach for tank seats for Interim Army Vehicle (IAV) and Future Combat System (FCS) Ground Vehicles is proposed. The innovation consists of using metal foam that can be easily retrofitted to existing and future army vehicles. Two seatdesigns for a driver's seat and a crew seat are… More

Electrolytic Ultracapacitors Based on Single-Wall Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,812.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to exploit exciting properties of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to develop electrolytic ultracapacitors having a 300 percent performance improvement over current versions. We will utilize SWNTs processed as cohesive, highlydispersed felts to replace conventional carbon… More

Innovative Hybrid Thermal Management Component for High Heat Flux Semiconductor Device Cooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Boris Rozenoyer, Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,996.00
RI Contact: Charles Priest
Abstract:
Passive thermal management solutions for high power electronics are inadequate for advanced US Navy systems. Active cooling systems can provide superior heat dissipation, but may present significant packaging challenges. Foster-Miller proposes a hybridthermal management concept that combines a… More

Mission-Ready Formulation and Needle-Free Delivery System for Protection Against Organophosphorous Chemical Warfare Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Guilmanov, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,664.00
Abstract:
It is critical that the U.S. Army is mission ready and able to administer a pretreatment dose of butyrlycholinesterase (BChE) to protect soldiers and first responders from organophosphorous chemical warfare agents. Although intravenous and intramuscularymeans are available, they are not practical… More

Advanced Composite RO/RO Ramps with Active Controls for Sea State 5

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,955.00
Abstract:
Current Navy Roll-on/Roll-off ramps and RRDF platforms for in the stream cargo transfer are limited to operation in sea state 3. New concepts of Expeditionary Warfare require greater standoff distance, resulting in operational exposure to conditions up tosea state 5. Foster-Miller proposes a… More

Mission-Ready Formulation and Needle-Free Delivery System for Protection Against Organophosphorous Chemical Warfare Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Guilmanov, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,909.00
Abstract:
It is critical that the U.S. Army is mission ready and able to administer a pretreatment dose of butyrlycholinesterase (BChE) to protect warfighters and first responders from organophosphorous chemical warfare agents. Although intravenous (i.v.) andintramusculary (i.m.) means are available, they… More

Micro Sensor Systems for Health Monitoring of Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
Solid composite rocket motor aging processes can compromise launcher and payload integrity. Current inspection techniques involve costly, time-intensive ultrasonic inspection and live-firing. Foster-Miller proposes to develop micro sensor suite toprovide real time monitoring of stabilizer… More

Use of Phased-Array Ultrasound for Flaw Detection in Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Margaret Roylance, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,944.00
Abstract:
The performance advantages of composite rocket motor cases and exit cones have been demonstrated. However, non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composite missile components can offer significant challenges, due to the porosity levels which may beencountered in these materials, and potentially small… More

Development of an Automated Shipboard Food System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William Leary, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $599,883.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Foster-Miller has designed an automated shipboard food preparation and service system that utilizes scratch, precooked or frozen advanced foods. The system employs robotic pickers to load trays of frozen items (i.e. entr¿e, vegetable, andstarch) into ovens, and then deposits the… More

Development of an Automated Shipboard Food System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William Leary, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Foster-Miller has designed an automated shipboard food preparation and service system that utilizes scratch, precooked or frozen advanced foods. The system employs robotic pickers to load trays of frozen items (i.e. entr¿e, vegetable, andstarch) into ovens, and then deposits the… More

Radiation Resistant, Improved Emissivity Solar Cell System using PBO Film

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nes Orbey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
To make deep travel possible new high-density power sources will need to be developed. Of the hypothesized solutions for these missions, thin-film solar cells are among those showing the most promise for attaining the required specific power rating (> 1000 W/kg) and efficiency (> 20 percent). Recent… More

Low-Cost Hermetic Packaging for Implantable electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brian P. Farrell
Award Amount: $100,794.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): While implantable electronic systems continue to show tremendous promise, major deficiencies remain in the area of packaging and interconnection. Foster-Miller, in this proposed effort, will develop and demonstrate a new, low-cost, highly reliable, hermetic… More

Neurotrophic LCP Plastic Substrate Nerve Electrode Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brian P. Farrell
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Foster-Miller proposes to develop the fabrication and assembly processes for mass produced, inexpensive, neurotrophic electrodes that can be used for exchanging information with central nerve tissue. Neurotrophic electrodes are designed to record from individual… More

Lightweight, Blast-Resistant Metal Matrix Track Component Technology for Military Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $729,982.00
Abstract:
Mines have been cited as the #1 threat to FCS, threat exacerbated by the lower weight of FCS vehicles. Vehicular mine incidents accounted for about 26 percent of the U.S. personnel killed in action in the Somalia conflict. The use of lower density materials in track suspension components, driven… More

Coherent Real-Time Terahertz Imaging for Packages and Personnel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Aniruddha Weling
Award Amount: $749,975.00
Abstract:
A wide variety of non-intrusive optical sensing techniques in the ultra-violet, visible and near infrared spectral regions have become well-established tools for fundamental studies in combustion physics and chemistry in the laboratory. While these diagnostic techniques are well suited for… More

MIRRORS: Monolithic Isogrid Reflectors for Radio-to-Optical Remote Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren
Award Amount: $749,734.00
Abstract:
The innovation addressed in this proposal is a structural architecture for large, stiff, deployable reflectors. This system combines the deployability and high specific stiffness of flexible composite shell elements with the mass-efficiency of fractal isogrids. This combination of technologies… More

Innovative Lubricant Quality Monitoring Using Optical Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Henning, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $452,789.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II program Foster-Miller will design, build and install on Naval platforms a radically different type of oil condition monitor, the Lubricant Quality Sensor (LQS). This sensor will be designed to probe the fluid quality of a variety of synthetic and diesel lubricants applicable to… More

Beryllium Alloy Replacement Materials for Missile Optical Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $742,574.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate an innovative, low cost and health hazard-free ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material to effectively substitute beryllium and its alloys in EKV optical structures. We previously demonstrated an affordable and scalable processing route to produce high performance and… More

Ultrasonic Tape Laminated Cryogenic Tank Structures Processed Outside Autoclave

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Player, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $699,862.00
Abstract:
Recent designs for large aerospace structures especially cryotank structures for the second and third Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) are driving the aerospace community to develop out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing processes to save an estimated $30 million in autoclave capital… More

Wearable Sensor Embedding Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $728,822.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to design and develop a textile network for physiological monitoring on the battlefield. The textile can be a platform for Warfighter Physiological Status Monitoring, Combat Casualty Care, and other types of sensors. In the successful Phase I program, Foster-Miller… More

Automated Individual Real-Time Toxic Exposure Monitoring (AIRTEM) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marina Temchenko
Award Amount: $749,662.00
Abstract:
Ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Central Asia have placed deployed military personnel in increased danger of being exposed to non-traditional munitions such as chemical warfare agents (CWA). Exposure to CWA is characterized by short term effects including reduced performance, resource loss,… More

Cost-Effective and Safe Methods of Recovering Nitrocellulose from Gun Propellant Formulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey, Team Leader
Award Amount: $729,948.00
Abstract:
The disposal of obsolete, unserviceable, and excess gun propellant by incineration is not environmentally acceptable and wastes potentially valuable resources. In keeping with the impetus toward resource recovery and reuse (R3), the Army is seeking means of extracting components from their… More

Smart Munition Area Denial System (SMADS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Arnis Mangolds, Vice President
Award Amount: $729,984.00
Abstract:
The Smart Munition Area Denial Systems (SMADS) is a small robotic mobility system designed to provide controlled mobility to mines and munitions in the Anti-Personnel Landmine Alternative (APLA) scheme. The SMADS system consists of the mobility platform, the navigation and command link as well as… More

Crew Activity Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Rajesh Kumar, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,973.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller proposes to develop the Crew Activity Analyzer (CAA) to provide NASA with an innovative and cost-effective method for efficiently analyzing individual and group crew activities, space usage, and other events of interest to NASA human factors analysts. The CAA consists of a compact and… More

High Power Electrolytic Ultracapacitors Based on Single-Wall Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,929.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II effort, the Foster-Miller team will expand upon the outstanding results achieved during Phase I, exploiting the benefits of nanotechnology to develop single wall carbon nanotube (SWNT)-based electrolytic ultracapacitors having greatly improved power delivery capability over current… More

Mine Blast Resistant Crew Seat

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kash Kasturi, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,950.00
Abstract:
To mitigate the significant vertical accelerations caused by land mines, an innovative approach is proposed for mine-blast resistant seats for use in the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) and Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV) platforms. Unique energy absorbing metal foam canisters are being designed… More

Control Center Fatigue Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Judith Gertler, Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,968.00
RI Contact: Frank Vaughan
Abstract:
Abstract: The nature of military operations requires around-the-clock operation. Consequently military personnel responsible for overseeing routine as well as battlefield activity must work at times outside the weekday, daytime hours common in many other occupations. Given the serious consequences… More

Hybrid POSS-co-poly(carbonate/methacrylate) Polymers for Improved Performance Aircraft Canopies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bindu Nair, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
Currently, the structural material of choice for jet fighter canopies is polycarbonate (PC) as it is transparent, lightweight, and has exceptional toughness and impact resistance properties. However, in order to increase the maximum velocities of fighter jets, the next generation of jet canopies… More

Aircraft Cargo Space Decontamination Using an Electrostatic Aerosol Decontamination (ECADS) Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Christos Athanassiu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,892.00
Abstract:
Decontaminating large aircraft cargo interiors poses unique challenges. The large volume requires a decon system that can effectively address all of the complex cargo surfaces. The solution can't endanger the personnel using it, nor impact on-board equipment, cargo, or aircraft structure. Logistical… More

Structural Isogrid/Membrane for Packaging Large Efficient Reflectors (SIMPLER)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Warren, Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,931.00
Abstract:
The Air Force has a pressing need for large, structurally efficient reflectors for both radar and high bandwidth communication. Because launch volumes are limited, the larger aperture must be volume efficient as well. To meet the stated needs of future DoD missions, the reflectors must be very… More

Composite Lift Fan Driveshaft (CLD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Campbell, Division Manager
Award Amount: $69,965.00
Abstract:
The titanium JSF Lift Fan driveshaft is highly loaded, experiences significant fatigue loads and is carefully designed to dynamic requirements. The Composite Lift Fan Driveshaft (CLD) developed in this program offers significant weight savings and fatigue performance benefits. Two processes are… More

A Highly Integrated Near-Hermetic Optoelectronic Packaging Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Brian Farrell, Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
This proposed effort is designed to ensure that the DoD, will have access to a highly integrated, near-hermetic optoelectronic packaging and interconnect technology that will dramatically lower the cost and offer vastly improved design flexibility to current and next generation optoelectronic… More

SBIR Phase I: Ceramic Matrix Infiltration Process for Net-Shape Reinforcement YAG Preforms to Produce Cost-Effective High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ronald Roy, PI
Award Amount: $99,950.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a low cost high temperature oxide ceramic composite for turbine blade application, with 1700C service temperature capability, excellent strength retention, creep resistance, high fracture toughness and isotropy. Tailored… More

Sensitive Bearing Diagnostics for Rotorcraft Transmissions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wayne Hill, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Achieving true condition-based maintenance of advanced rotorcraft transmissions will require sensitive monitoring of bearing dynamics to characterize the gradual degradation of their condition. This is particularly difficult for the planetary gear bearings of epicyclic gearing, which can only be… More

Self-Bearing Motor-Generator for Flywheels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Hsiang Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Self-bearing or ?bearingless? motors perform both motor and bearing support functions but such devices have not yet achieved speeds above 15,000 rpm. The innovation proposed for a self-bearing motor-generator (M-G) will achieve speeds above 30,000 rpm, moving the technology to a new frontier, not… More

Lightweight, Zero-Erosion and Affordable DACS Nozzle Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Erosion resistance and light weight are two key requirements for DACS nozzle and valve components. Foster-Miller will demonstrate innovative lightweight and affordable DACS nozzle and valve components that would exhibit zero erosion under anticipated service conditions. Our components will exhibit… More

Arachne: A Modular Teleoperated Mobility and Sensor System for Insinuation into Collapsed Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Mads Schmidt, Project Manager
Award Amount: $98,978.00
Abstract:
Events in recent years have emphasized the need for a small, highly mobile system that can effectively insinuate a sensor payload into underground or collapsed structures. In the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster, robots showed great promise in aiding search and rescue by penetrating… More

Multi-Decade Photonic Band-Gap Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ronald Roy, Senior Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate using new electromagnetic materials to implement an innovative miniaturized multi-decade bandwidth antenna for omni-directional broadband communication and electronic countermeasure applications. Liquid crystal polymer (LCP) will be used to make a hermetic radome and… More

Innovative 3D Microbolometer Arrays for Hyperspectral Infrared Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Aniruddha Weling, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $119,861.00
Abstract:
Although uncooled infrared (IR) imaging technology has made remarkable progress in the last two decades, a major limitation of 2-D IR focal plane arrays is the lack of real-time spectral discrimination. Multi-spectral detection capabilities are highly desirable for advanced IR imaging systems and… More

High Temperature Ionic Liquid Lubricant for Advanced Aircraft Turbine Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Notre Dame
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,922.00
RI Contact: Howard Hanson
Abstract:
The turbine engines and vertical lift systems of advanced military aircraft will require lubricants that function reliably between -40,aF to +625 ,aF for >4000 hrs. Current aircraft lubricants can only be used to +300 ,aF. The Foster-Miller STTR team proposes to develop a high temperature ionic… More

Large Scale Production of Spider Silk by Immortalized Spider Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Guilmanov, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,921.00
Abstract:
Despite a decade of active research into cloning and expression of spider silk, no adequate solution has been found to the production of significant quantities of these proteins, especially for broader markets and materials applications. Two options that address the need for increased spider silk… More

Engineered Material Systems for BioLume Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Suneet Chadha, Manager Strategic Programs
Award Amount: $99,931.00
Abstract:
Bioluminescent organisms possess their unique properties of photon emission entirely from intrinsic molecular energetics. These bioluminescent reactions offer biomimetic pathways for designing materials that chemically generate luminescence, and may be engineered to provide efficient and transient… More

Oxidation Resistant CMC Materials Technology for Lightweight and Environmentally Durable Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,932.00
Abstract:
Foster-Miller will demonstrate a novel processing method to develop environmentally resistant C/SiC composites for turbomachinery. The need to reduce the weight, size, and costs of current systems make the use of SiC ideal in these high temperatures and extreme environments. Traditional processing… More

High Temperature Camouflage Coating for 700 degF and 1200 degF Surfaces of Advanced Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Kovar, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,907.00
Abstract:
Traditional camouflage coatings contain low gloss pigments in polymer-based binder resins that degrade at temperatures above 250¿F and future Mach>3 aircraft surfaces may reach temperatures approaching 1200¿F. Foster-Miller proposes to develop a MIL-SPC-85285-compliant, dual use, high… More

Radiation Resistant, Improved Emissivity Solar Cell System Using PBO Film

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nes Orbey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,965.00
Abstract:
Current and future thrusts within NASA call for the availability of high efficiency, high reliability, space-hardened energy supply systems. NASA will benefit from availability of these systems in its push towards expanding mankind?s understanding and place in space. One technology having the most… More

A Novel Coverglass System with Enhanced Radiation Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nese Orbey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
The service life of coverglasses used to protect photovoltaic cells on spacecraft is limited by darkening caused by ionizing irradiation. This decline in transmissivity significantly reduces solar-cell power output toward the system's end of life (EOL), which ranges from 15 years for satellites in… More

A Novel Bio-Applique for Corrosion Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Gilman, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,895.00
RI Contact: Thomas Wood
Abstract:
Traditional coatings used by the military to camouflage and protect aluminum alloys contain organic solvents (VOCs) and toxic metal corrosion inhibitors (chromates). Gases emitted during application and wastes generated when stripping the metal for recoating create hazardous working conditions and… More

Body Conformal Cables and Connectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Justyna Teverovsky, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,928.00
Abstract:
Current military cables and connectors tend to be heavy, bulky and are not conducive to comfortable body contact, particularly when worn for extended periods of time. They are stiff and have round profiles that cause excessive pressure on the body. They also tend to have insufficient bend relief,… More

Advanced Thermal Conversion of Waste/Biomass for Forward Units Energy Production/Conversion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Biomass Energy Foundation
Principal Investigator: Harris Gold, Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,960.00
RI Contact: Thomas Reed
Abstract:
The dependency of United States military forward units on logistic fuels, such as JP-8, presents significant tactical and strategic disadvantages, as fuel shortages in times of heightened mission-criticality greatly burden operations. Reducing the logistic fuel dependency gap during these periods… More

Improved Infrared Screening Smoke Particles Using Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Henning, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,993.00
Abstract:
There is a continuing need for effective obscurants at infrared frequencies and below. In particular, the infrared screening effectiveness of current smoke materials needs to be improved by an order of magnitude based on the extinction cross section per volume of material. Foster-Miller, Inc.,… More

Advanced Vest Designs for Special Operations Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: John Gannon, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,954.00
Abstract:
Special Operations Forces have a diverse set of needs and desires because of the wide variety of mission scenarios and conditions they undertake. This presents significant challenges for the design and manufacture of soldier garments to augment the performance of SOF operators in the field. … More

Improved Performance, Stable Artificial Oxygen Carrier for Battlefield Casualty Care

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Gilman, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,986.00
RI Contact: Marina Kameneva
Abstract:
Abstract: Foster-Miller and the University of Pittsburgh propose to develop a new artificial oxygen carrier (OC) formulation with improved stability and tissue oxygenation performance for use in first echelon combat casualty care applications. In Phase I, they will demonstrate the feasibility of… More

Micro-Robotics for Minimally-Invasive Neurosurgery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: James H. Goldie
Award Amount: $145,120.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Robotics has found a well accepted role in surgical procedures, particularly in laparoscopic procedures where arms can now be used with remote manipulation by a surgeon with direct vis