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Novel High Temperature Geopolymer for Spall-resistant Pavement Materials

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82019
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-108-2526
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SOMMER MATERIALS RESEARCH, INC.
587 North Main Street North Salt Lake, UT 84054-2101
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Novel High Temperature Geopolymer for Spall-resistant Pavement Materials
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-M-5913
Award Amount: $99,791.00
 

Abstract:

During the past couple of decades, there has been considerable interest and research in inorganic polymers ("geopolymers") for high temperature and for rapid-setting concrete materials. Geopolymers are manufactured by combining aluminosilicates powders with highly alkaline water through polycondensation. The resulting cured geopolymer exhibits high compressive strengths after only four hours of set time. Since geopolymers have no chemically-bound water that can vaporize and cause spalling, the inorganic polymers can be stable up to 1200oC. The mechanical properties of inorganic polymers can be improved significantly if the water content is minimized during mixing, while maintaining good workability of the cement. The proposed optimization technology, along with the use of superplasticizers, will allow the fabrication of low-viscosity geopolymeric pavement materials that will cure to higher densities and compressive strengths and show excellent spall resistance at high temperatures.

Principal Investigator:

Jared L. Sommer
President
8013972000
jsommer@alum.mit.edu

Business Contact:

Jared L. Sommer
President
8013972000
jsommer@alum.mit.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

SOMMER MATERIALS RESEARCH
587 North Main Street North Salt Lake, UT 84054

EIN/Tax ID: 900119035
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No