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Affordable, UV-Resistant Composite Materials for Military Shelters

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Webcore Technologies, Inc.
8821 Washington Church Road Miamisburg, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Affordable, UV-Resistant Composite Materials for Military Shelters
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8201-04-C-0085
Award Amount: $562,500.00


For the past year and a half, WebCore has been applying its "Fiber Reinforced Foam" (FRF) sandwich panel technology toward the development of an 8' by 8' by 20' ISO-container-configured Composite Tactical Shelter (CTS) design. FRF composite panels have been shown to possess superior strength and damage tolerance compared to conventional composite panels. This development has been ongoing under two SBIR projects. This proposal describes the work which will extend efforts begun under Phase I (Air Force Contract F42650-03-2757), which largely focused on thermosets, and expand to include WebCore's "thick skin" hybrid thermoplastic/thermoset technology. The objective of this program is to identify mature and emerging film and coating technologies which can provide ultra-violet (UV) protection, and to demonstrate their processability in shelter panels. Due to the rigorous use that shelters see, the resulting solutions must not only offer UV protection, but also not degrade any other important shelter properties such as impact and flame resistance. This program will also establish procedures to repair accidental damage to shelter panels, including either structural damage, or damage to the UV durability system. In addition, this program will include the development of servicing procedures for renewal of the UV protection if necessary.

Principal Investigator:

Charles Hedley

Business Contact:

Rob Banerjee
Small Business Information at Submission:

2000 Composite Drive Dayton, OH 45420

EIN/Tax ID: 311360537
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No