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SBIR Phase II: Development of Smart Material Using Natural Fiber Reinforced…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
68013
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0419861
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vibroacoustics Solutions, Inc.
2205 229th Place Boone, IA 50036-0700
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: SBIR Phase II: Development of Smart Material Using Natural Fiber Reinforced Composite
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0521905
Award Amount: $439,726.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop a suitable prototype based on the Active-Passive Natural Fiber Composite (APNFC0), the technical feasibility of which was demonstrated in the Phase I program. This innovative composite material concept is bio-based and hence environmentally friendly. The APNFC has excellent vibration and noise mitigation properties and can be used to control acoustic noise and structural vibrations in a wide variety of noisy environments. The unique design of this composite material will reduce noise transmission over a broad band of frequencies through a combination of absorption and dissipation phenomena. The prototype to be built during Phase II will consist of a thermoformed sandwiched material configuration where a polymer-based piezoelectric layer (PVdF) is formed between two passive layers composed of variable density natural fiber composite (VDNFC). This material will have an embedded control system with amplifiers and power supplies. The commercial applications of the new technology include: home appliances, soundproof architectural doors, office furniture, operator cabins for agricultural and construction machinery, building materials, automobiles, and aircraft cabins. Collectively, these represent a multi-billion dollar market for parts and products to which the present core technology can be applied. The company has a focus commercialization plan with strategic partner support in the appliance application and the office and construction applications.

Principal Investigator:

Christopher E. Whitmer
Mr
5152923578
cwhitmer@vibroacoustics-solutions.com

Business Contact:

Christopher E. Whitmer
Mr
5152963585
chitmer@vibroacoustics-solutions.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vibroacoustics Solutions
2205 229th Place Boone, IA 50036

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