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Carbon Foam Innovative Processing

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
59078
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
022-0385
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Carbon Foam Innovative Processing
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-04-C-0129
Award Amount: $449,993.00
 

Abstract:

Touchstone Research Laboratory is currently producing carbon foam in its pilot production facility. In the Phase I feasibility study, Touchstone identified opportunities to reduce the production cycle by combining manufacturing processes. The results indicated that a batch foaming process was optimum and the heat treatment step should be converted to a continuous process. This would lead to a significant reduction in the overall manufacturing cycle as well as lower the capital requirement costs for large volume manufacturing. In the Phase II effort Touchstone will perform production-scale foaming tests and optimization and will design and test a continuous calcining furnace on a pilot-scale. A manufacturing plan will be developed on the results of this effort, which will allow rapid transition into the commercialization phase. MDA will benefit from the increases in the production process that will be achieved in this effort, and this will translate into a lower cost and faster delivery for the CFOAM material. CFOAM has shown great promise as a breakthrough material in the composite tooling industry and will ultimately allow cheaper composites to be manufactured for a host of applications within MDA.

Principal Investigator:

Drew M. Spradling
Ceramic Process Engineer
3045545800
dms@trl.com

Business Contact:

Brian E. Joseph
President
3045475800
bej@trl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre R.R. 1, Box 100B Triadelphia, WV 26059

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No