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Company Information:

Company Name:
Systems and Materials Research Consultancy
Address:
TX
Suite 230
Austin, TX 78756-1412
Phone:
(512) 535-7791
URL:
EIN:
742885041
DUNS:
33171534
Number of Employees:
11
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,983,468.00 30
SBIR Phase II $8,780,546.00 11
STTR Phase I $99,989.00 1
STTR Phase II $499,995.00 1

Award List:

Coating/Microwave Interaction (C/MI) NDE

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$68,979.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,987.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,989.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, Principal Scientist
Research Institution:
SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIV.
RI Contact:
Pat Cassidy
Abstract:
N/a

Small AUV Wave Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$597,451.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
When microwaves are focused at a coated aluminum surface, the energy is reflected by the aluminum substrate, but not before the signal is effected by passing through the coating. When corrosion is preenet under the coating the dielectric signature changesbecuase corrosion products are dielectrics. … More

Side lateral Engine Mount

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,619.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, President/Scientist
Abstract:
Polysufide sealants work well in rivets/fasteners for Naval aricraft, providing sealing and corrosion prevention functions, but their installation is problematic. The labor and waste hazardous materials associated with mixing the sealant are costly andtime consuming. Systems and Materials Research… More

Next Generation, Polymeric-based Ablative Nanostructured Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$499,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, Principal Scientist
Research Institution:
Southwest Texas State University (Swt)
RI Contact:
Pat Cassidy
Abstract:
Nanocomosites using montmorillonite nanoclays dispersed in phenolic resins were shown in Phase I to make significant improvements in standard ablative materials, including erosion rate, mass loss, and heat-soaked bondline temperature. Nanoclay loadings of2% by weight replaced an equal amount of… More

Lightweight Ablating Insulation for Ramjet Combustion Chambers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
"To reduce ablating insulation weight in a ramjet interceptor the ablative performance per pound of material must be proportionally improved. SMRC/SWT proposes an innovative nanocomposite ablative technology similar to that demonstrated in our Air Forcefiber reinforced nanocomposite rocket ablative… More

SBIR Phase I: Fiber Film Reactors for Organic Synthesis Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project targets conversion of a technique perfected for washing hydrocarbons in the oil industry, fiber film reactor (FFR) technology, into a production organic synthesis technique. A FFR will be constructed in Phase I and two reactions studied- an… More

A Nanocomposite that Can Best Lexan in Tranparent Armor Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, Princi9pal Scientist
Abstract:
In 1996 Shell Chemical discovered a set of tough copolymers of CBDO monomer. These materials have Tg¿s to 205¿XC and notched Izod impact strengths over 1000 Joules/meter (Lexan: 128 J/m). CBDO copolymers are optically transparent, with a yellowing index less than Lexan. It is the impact… More

Anit-ballisitc/Anti-RPG Window Armor Made with 7 Times the Impact Strength of Lexan

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, Princiapl Scientist/President
Abstract:
CBDO copolymers and nanocomposites are revolutionary transparent polymer armor materials with 7 times the notched Izod impact strength of Lexan. Using these materials in armor laminates will result in windshield/window structures with superior anti-ballistic/anti-RPG performance at commodity… More

Fasteners/Rivets for Watertight Integrity and Corrosion Prevention in Permanent Application

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, President/Principal Scien
Abstract:
Wet install" rivets/fasteners use two-part sealants that are hand brushed onto the sleeve just prior to installation - associated labor and schedule costs are significant, and quality variation can be high. Rivets with a pre-applied sealant are an obvious but technically challenging solution. To… More

High-Temperature Integral Tank Sealant

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, President/Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Chemical modification of AMS 3277 sealants has reached a point that gains in service temperature are becoming more and more difficult to achieve while retaining important sealant properties. The proposed approach forms nanocomposite high temperature sealants from existing off-the-shelf PRC 2001 and… More

Lightweight Ballistic Armor for Military Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, President/Principal Scientist
Abstract:
CBDO copolymers and nanocomposites are revolutionary transparent armor materials with higher notched Izod impact strength than any other polymer. CBDO copolymer and nanocomposite based aircraft armored transparencies will be lightweight, have superior anti-ballistic performance, and sell at… More

Wet Film Thickness Sensor/Device for Navy Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, President/Principal Scientist
Abstract:
Measuring dry film thickness (DFT) with microwave nondestructive evaluation (MNDE) to ¿ mil accuracy has been demonstrated by SMRC's recently introduced K-band MNDE DFT tool. Extending to wet film thickness (WFT) measurement over unknown DFT requires a dual-sensor approach. X-band data for WFT… More

Lightweight Ballistic Armor for Military Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$826,444.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, President/Principal Scien
Abstract:
CycloShield is a new transparent armor material with the highest impact strength of any known polymer. Phase I demonstrated that the ballistic properties of CycloShield are significantly better than polycarbonate. A 40+% advantage in ballistic strength at same thickness, and 300% in a thicker… More

Wet Film Thickness Sensor/Device for Navy Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,284,068.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, President/Principal Scien
Abstract:
Nondestructive measurement of coating thickness is typically done using acoustic or eddy current techniques, but both methods lack the accuracy needed for control of modern paint applications systems. JSF aircraft coatings are applied robotically and controlling thickness is critical to the JSF… More

Intumescent Material Passive Fire Protection Technique for Aircraft Engine Nacelle

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Alan V. Bray, President/Principal Scientist
Abstract:
Intumescent coatings can provide passive fire resistance at low cost and weight. These systems however intumesce at relatively low temperature and are not appropriate for certain applications. Specially, aircraft engine nacelle temperatures and the potential for fuel/fluid fed fires require higher… More

High-Temperature Integral Tank Sealant

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$787,967.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
There's a clear need for an AMS 3277 derivative sealant with improved resistance to the higher temperatures (HT) advanced strike aircraft are being designed. To accomplish this SMRC proposes a clay nanoparticle additive to PR-2001 Class B integral fuel tank (IFT) sealant that will: Improve… More

Rapid Method for Aircraft Fastener Surface Preparation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm D. Prouty, Senior Chemist/Project Manager
Abstract:
Each of the more than 40,000 fastener heads in the F-35's outer mold line must be covered with a special thermoplastic conductive polymer fill prior to application of the primer and final finish coatings that will ultimately define the stealth of the aircraft. This is currently a time-consuming,… More

Panel Step/Gap Mismatch Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, Principal Scientist/President
Abstract:
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) proposes the development of ChekMateT, a battery-operated, hand-held, automated inspection system for measuring door/land mismatch on stealth aircraft. Based on SMRC's patented microwave NDE (MNDE) technology, and on its alpha prototype microwave and… More

Low-Permeability Coating for Nitrile Rubber

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, President/Principal Scientist
Abstract:
Researchers have tried for years to make low water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) elastomers without success. Developing low WVTR coatings for the Tomahawk missile fly-through nitrile covers requires a breakthrough technology in barrier materials. A nanocomposite elastomer is proposed that… More

Diamond-like Carbon Coatings on Polymers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Denise Deppe, Senior Materials Scientist / PI
Abstract:
Transparent armor is an important piece of equipment for the war fighter in today's dangerous battlefields. With advances in weaponry, more ballistic resistant transparent armor is needed to keep our soldiers safe. SMRC proposes a clay-polymer nanocomposite coating to help increase the ballistic… More

Microwave measurement of rail distance traveled

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOT
Principal Investigator:
Alan Bray, President/Principle Scientist
Abstract:
Rail vehicle distance traveled measurements don't currently meet the precision requirement of 5ft./mile.  An innovative microwave technique is proposed using two X band transceiver assemblies separated by a known distance.  Reflected energy from metal objects such as tie-plates or… More

Advanced Technologies for Discrete-Parts Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DLA
Principal Investigator:
Denise Deppe, Senior Materials Scientist
Abstract:
Wet installation of fasteners offers proven corrosion protection and fuel sealing in aircraft structures, but it''''s a labor-intensive, messy, hazmat-laden process whose quality can vary significantly from fastener to fastener. Under a Navy SBIR Phase II, SMRC has developed a proprietary process… More

Rapid Method for Aircraft Fastener Surface Preparation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm D. Prouty, Senior Research Engineer
Abstract:
Each of the more than 40,000 fastener heads in the F-35''s outer mold line must be covered with a special polyester-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) fastener fill material prior to application of outer mold line primer and final finish coatings that ultimately define the stealth of the… More

Premature Cure Indication for QwikSealr Pre-Sealed Fastener Technology; Topic #DLA08-01

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$764,705.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DLA
Principal Investigator:
Denise Deppe, Sr. Materials Scientist
Abstract:
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) has developed a proprietary process called QwikSeal for pre-coating fasteners with cure-blocked sealant, then overcoating the pre-applied sealant with a moisture-impermeable size coat. QwikSeal is designed to replace the current "wet installation"… More

FastKAP Automated Fastener Kitting and Preparation System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Denise Deppe, Senior Materials Scientist – (512) 535-7791
Abstract:
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) is developing FastKAP, an automated Fastener Kitting and Preparation system that will reduce span times for F-35 fastener installations by as much as 60% by performing most, if not all, fastener identification, collection, and preparation steps… More

SealKap - Semi-Automated Intelligent Fuel-Resistant Sealant Dispensing Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,997.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm D. Prouty, President – (512) 968-4750
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Modern military and commercial aircraft utilize empty areas within the aircraft structure to store fuel. As such, fasteners and joints within these"wet areas"must be sealed with fuel-resistant sealant to prevent leak paths. Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC)… More

Intrinsically Conductive Polymer Coatings for Reduced ESD Sensitivity

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,997.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David Irvin, Priciple Chemist – (512) 757-5441
Abstract:
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) proposes to reduce the electrostatic sensitivity of nanothermites by modifying the surface with a thin, conformal coating of inherently conductive polymer. Nanothermites or metastable intermolecular composites (MICs) are desired in military weapons… More

Ultrastrong Dual Use Nanocomposite Materials for Blast and Transparent Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,986.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Denise Deppe, Senior Materials Scientist – (512) 636-5419
Abstract:
Nanocomposites are proving effective in protecting occupants of tactical ground vehicles from ballistic threats and mine blasts while maintaining optical transparency. In the proposed program, (Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) will develop a process for manufacturing these materials… More

Melt Extrudable Nanocomposite Liquid Crystal Polymer Films

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,993.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David J. Irvin, Principal Chemist – (512) 757-5441
Abstract:
Systems and Materials Research Company"s (SMRC"s) liquid crystalline polymer (LCP)-aluminosilicate nanocomposite films are the proposed replacement for the pin-holing and stress cracking foil layer in the Army"s Meals Ready-to-Eat. To replace the foil lined pouches, LCPs need two… More

GripChek - Real-Time Hole Depth Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm D. Prouty, President – (512) 968-4750
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: AutoDrills located at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LM Aero) drill over 12,000 holes in the wing skins and understructure on each F-35 aircraft. To ensure these holes get the correct fasteners, a technician must measure the depth of each hole and mark the dimension on the skin adjacent to… More

Low Cost and Scalable Nano-Silicon Production

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,995.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David J. Irvin, Pricipal Chemist/Director Research – (512) 757-5441
Abstract:
The U.S. Army has a need for cheap, high quality nanosilicon powder. With similar energy density and better aging effects than nanoaluminum, silicon is an excellent candidate for use a metal nanofuel. Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) will demonstrate a scalable method for production… More

SmartMAG - Automated Self-Indexing Magazine and Rapid Selective Deployment System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm Prouty, President – (512) 968-4750
Abstract:
Future weapon system operators of attack vehicles will use advanced ammunition technology as a battlefield force multiplier providing improved lethality and tactical superiority against the enemy. This will be accomplished by employing a suite of tactical,"Smart"rounds with varying… More

Conformal Highly Conductive Graphene Coatings with IR Transparency

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,999.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David Irvin, Principal Chemist/Directo – (512) 757-5441
Abstract:
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) proposes a low cost, thermally reduced, conformal, non-line-of-sight graphene based conductive coating. Graphene has received much attention for being highly conductive and transparent in the visible and near-infrared region. To date, graphene has… More

GripChek - Autonomous Hole Depth Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm D. Prouty, President – (512) 968-4750
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: AutoDrills at Lockheed Martin drill over 12,000 holes in the wing skins and understructure on each F-35 aircraft. To ensure these holes get the correct fasteners, a technician must measure the depth of each hole and mark the dimension on the skin adjacent to the hole. This procedure is… More

3D Printed Food System for Long Duration Space Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,955.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David J. Irvin, Director of Research
Abstract:
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) proposes combining its Manufacturing Technology and Materials Science expertise to address NASA's Advanced Food System Technology needs. Using progressive 3D printing and inkjet technologies, SMRC will design, build, and test a complete… More

Nanoparticle Fuel Additives for Enhanced Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,990.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David Irvin, Priciple Chemist/Dir. of Research – (512) 757-5441
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) proposes to produce energetic nanomaterials to be used as additives in hydrocarbon based jet and liquid rocket fuels. Using our extensive experience in nanomaterials synthesis, processing, and incorporation, SMRC will synthesize or modify… More

SmartMag - Smart-Capable Self-Indexing Magazine

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$529,088.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Jesse McDaniel, Sr. Research Engineer – (512) 535-7791
Abstract:
The integrated sensor suites of the Apache Longbow and Guardian are capable of the most advanced enemy and friendly unit classification for ground support operations to date. Satellite-synched tracking maps, enemy weapons classification, and precision targeting will all be realized in the latest… More

Intelligent Sealant Application

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm D. Prouty, President – (512) 968-4750
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Modern military and commercial aircraft utilize empty areas within the aircraft structure to store fuel. As such, fasteners and joints within these"wet areas"must be sealed with fuel-resistant sealant to prevent leak paths. Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC)… More

Low Cost and Scalable Nano-Silicon Production

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$990,825.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
David Irvin, Director of Research – (512) 757-5441
Abstract:
The U.S. Army has a need for cheap, high quality nanosilicon powder. With similar energy density and better aging effects than nanoaluminum, silicon is an excellent candidate for use a metal nanofuel. In Phase I, Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) demonstrated a scalable method for… More

Fasten E-Z --Portable Multi-Mode Drill&Fastener Installation Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm D. Prouty, President – (512) 535-7791
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Each fastener that is installed during the aircraft assembly requires a hole to be drilled, and those holes filled with either rivets or threaded fasteners. To add difficulty, most fasteners must have sealant applied to the hole, and interference fasteners must be inserted using an… More

Programmable Accelerated Environmental Test System for Aerospace Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,992.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Macolm D. Prouty, President – (512) 535-7791
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Corrosion is a serious problem affecting the longevity, safety, durability, and affordability of military and commercial aircraft. Despite strict implementation of MIL and ASTM standards for aircraft Outer Mold Line (OML) coatings, corrosion is frequently observed during maintenance… More