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Innovative Approaches For Light Weight Optically Transparent Energy Dispersing…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
83423
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-012-0262
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: 2007
Title: Innovative Approaches For Light Weight Optically Transparent Energy Dispersing Composite Structural Windscreens
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0337
Award Amount: $69,999.00
 

Abstract:

A new aircraft transparency material is needed to improve impact resistance while reducing the weight of current transparencies, including windscreens, canopies, and windows. TRI/Austin proposes to develop an optically clear laminate system applicable to numerous NAVAIR platforms. Investigations of optical reinforcements will focus on the successful implementation of nanoscale polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) and glass ribbons into commercially available transparent resin systems such as polycarbonate, PMMA, and transparent epolxy. These materials will be compounded and optimized to develop an effective dissipater of impact, such as bird strikes. TRI/Austin will explore the benefits of these reinforcements including increased impact toughness, mechanical properties, and glass transition temperature. A reduction in bulk density is expected with the POSS reinforcements. Structural windscreen supports may be reduced or eliminated due to the advantages realized with new transparency materials. Phase I testing will confirm the improved critical properties and provide the basis for further qualification and implementation onto airframe prototype structures in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Mike Dingus
Principal Investigator/Scientist
5122632101
mdingus@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
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF DATYON RESEARCH
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
Contact: Jon J. Nieberding
Contact Phone: (937) 229-2919
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization