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Biofiber-Reinforced Structural Composites for Use in Matting/Temporary Roadway…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
68332
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-1274
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Biofiber-Reinforced Structural Composites for Use in Matting/Temporary Roadway Panels
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0115
Award Amount: $69,997.00
 

Abstract:

The Army's goal of deploying faster and farther can potentially be met using biofiber reinforced degradable composites. Fully degradable structural composites require the use of high strength natural fibers, a degradable polymer matrix material compatible with the fibers, and excellent bond strength between the two. In this case, the application for the degradable composite is to assist military vehicles in climbing muddy inclines adjacent water crossings. This challenge requires knowledge and experience in 3 unique areas for a total solution to come to fruition: subgrade reinforcement for roadways, engineering using composite materials, and degradable polymer chemistry. TRI/Austin is unique in that all these areas of expertise can be found under one roof. TRI will use the expertise of its environmental division, which houses the world's first accredited geosynthetic testing facility, to develop the overall strategy required to provide roadway reinforcement functionality through the use of geosynthetics/organic erosion control product hybrids. TRI's mechanical engineering division will develop the composite material structure required to make up the selected reinforcement system. Finally, TRI's polymer materials science division will build on previous research to develop the best biofiber/matrix material system.

Principal Investigator:

John Bulluck
Principal Investigator
5122632101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com

Business Contact:

Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
5122632101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX 78733

EIN/Tax ID: 742518103
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No