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CFOAMr Enclosures for Electronic Warfare (EW) Antenna Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70020
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-062-0721
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: CFOAMr Enclosures for Electronic Warfare (EW) Antenna Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00164-04-C-6054
Award Amount: $69,992.00
 

Abstract:

The Navy has a need for an innovative, cost effective replacement of Electronic Warfare (EW) system antenna enclosures to meet an extended service life and source newly constructed systems. These enclosures serve to protect detection electronics from severe marine environments. The enclosures are presently constructed of a mix of aluminum, fiberglass and stainless steel sealed with rubber gaskets. An additional electromagnetic interference (EMI) package is internally used to protect against other ship's electronics. This mix of materials combined with seawater creates a galvanic cell resulting in severe corrosion, which degrades the effectiveness of the EMI shielding. Complex shipboard system repair is cost prohibitive, and new designs are now being investigated. Touchstone Research Laboratory has a carbon foam material called CFOAMr, which is an inexpensive, lightweight, and easily machined foam produced from coal. CFOAM can be tailored to provide structures that can address many advanced antenna enclosure development technical issues: electromagnetic (EMI) protection, corrosion resistance, small Radar Cross Section (RCS), and many additional enhanced structural properties. This effort will identify and develop specific CFOAM applications for EW antenna enclosure concepts that will comply with all military environmental requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Randy A. Handley
Carbon Foam Manufacturing
3045475800
rah@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