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Company Information:

Company Name: WRIGHT MATERIALS RESEARCH CO.
City: Beavercreek
State: OH
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (937) 431-8811

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,349,759.00 36
SBIR Phase II $6,280,590.00 10
STTR Phase I $200,000.00 3
STTR Phase II $1,249,500.00 2

Award List:

Acoustic and Dynamic Fatique Analysis and Design of Aeropropulsion Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
Fatigue problem has been an important issue in aeropropulsion system composite structures due to acoustic pressure, vibration and hostile environments. Various forms of damage caused by fatigue loadings can degrade the structural properties. This Phase I research proposes a combined BEM/FEM approach… More

Fabricate Composite Structures Using Resin Transfer Molding With Flexible Molds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan , President
Award Amount: $69,980.00

Processing of High Tg Polymers for Aircraft Canopies using a Supermicrocellular Foaming Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Seng C. Tan
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Current fighter canopy systems are fabricated using acrylics and polycarbonates which have low use temperatures, up to 220F and 300F, respectively. Wind tunnel testing of aircraft windshield showed that the transparency surface temperatures varied from 200F to 500F. Therefore, high Tg canopy… More

Processing of a New Class, Low-Cost Graphitic Microcellular C/C Composites using a One-Step Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Seng C. Tan
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Strait pointing accuracy for the antenna and reflector of spacecraft requires structural materials with excellent stiffness and dimensional stability. Carbon-carbon (C/C) composites are prime materials for space applications because of their unique properties. Current C/C processing techniques are… More

Processing of High Tg Polymers for Aircraft Canopies using a Supermicrocellular Foaming Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Seng C. Tan
Award Amount: $742,676.00
Abstract:
Current fighter canopy systems are fabricated using acrylics and polycarbonates which have low use temperatures, up to 220F and 300F, respectively. Wind tunnel testing of aircraft windshield showed that the transparency surface temperatures varied from 200F to 500F. Therefore, high Tg canopy… More

Processing of a New Class, Low-Cost Graphitic Microcellular C/C Composites using a One-Step Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Seng C. Tan
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Strait pointing accuracy for the antenna and reflector of spacecraft requires structural materials with excellent stiffness and dimensional stability. Carbon-carbon (C/C) composites are prime materials for space applications because of their unique properties. Current C/C processing techniques are… More

SBIR Phase I: Processing of Microcellular Foams from Unfilled and Filled Liquid Crystalline and

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan
Award Amount: $99,997.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan
Award Amount: $400,000.00

Fabrication of High Temperature Sandwich Structures Using Microcellular Graphitic Foam as Core Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,999.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $99,998.00

Processing of Ultra-Lightweight Microcellular Foams from POSS-PMMA Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"This proposal is submitted in response to BMDO SBIR solicitation 02-006#5. Conventional processing techniques for polymer foams involve multiple steps and the blowing agent used is toxic. Those foams are mostly over 3 pcf in density and suffer from theserious problems of moisture infusion and… More

Space Rigidizable, Deployable Ultra-Lightweight Microcellular CHEM Foams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,251.00
Abstract:
Space rigidizable and deployable structures with ultra-lightweight, high rigidity, and space durability are desirable to improve the reliability and affordability of space structures. Some of the components currently in use like shelters or space stations use double-walled thick films with high… More

Space Rigidizable, Deployable Ultra-Lightweight Microcellular CHEM Foams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Space rigidizable and deployable structures with ultra-lightweight, high rigidity, and space durability are desirable to improve the reliability and affordability of space structures. Some of the components currently in use like shelters or space stations use double-walled thick films with high… More

Lighweight Foamed Composites with Superior Flame and Impact Resistant Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Fiber reinforced composites have many applications in both the military and civil sectors that require lightweight structure, fuel efficiency, and environmental durability. Some military applications have additional requirements that the materials must beimpact and ballistic resistant in addition… More

Lighweight Foamed Composites with Superior Flame and Impact Resistant Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Fiber reinforced composites have many applications in the military and civil sectors that require lightweight structure, fuel efficiency, and environmental durability. In addition to the need for flame and moisture resistance, many military applications require that the materials have impact and… More

Self Deployable Ultra-Lightweight Modular Unit for Habitat Structural Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Space deployable and rigidizable structures which are ultra-lightweight, and have high rigidity, space durability, and high impact resistance are desirable to improve the reliability and affordability of space structures. Some of the components currently in use such as shelters or transhabs use… More

Filtration of Fluid Media Containing Very Fine Heavy Metals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
78835S Developing filter materials that can capture fine ferromagnetic and paramagnetic particles, as well as radioactive contaminants, with high efficiency is of great industrial significance in pollution control processes such as water purification and waste-water treatment. The main problem… More

Lightweight Hybrid Composite Armor for Navy Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The versatility of military fixed and rotary wing aircraft has made them extremely important in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, their ability to operate at low altitudes makes them particularly vulnerable to small arms fire and shoulder-fired rockets. Because of operational… More

Novel Lightweight Composite System for Anti-Personnel Blast Mine Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Today it is estimated that there are 110 million active Anti-Personnel (AP) mines in the world, and nearly 20 million of these are concentrated in Afghanistan and Iraq. These weapons remain active for decades after a military conflict and are responsible for killing or maiming up to 500 people a… More

Lightweight Durable Intumescent Paint for Aircraft Composite Protection from Fire Damage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Many military and commercial aircraft industries have been increasing the use of advanced polymeric composites to reduce fuel consumption. One of the main challenges, however, is the flammability of these organic composites when exposed to fire. Most organic composites ignite within 1 minute when… More

Lightweight Hybrid Foamed Composite for Small Arms Protective Inserts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The current ballistic material systems for small arms protective inserts in personnel armor are based on ceramic plates with fiber-reinforced composite backing. The current Interceptor OTV (Outer Tactical Vest) and SAPI (Small Arms Protective Inserts) have saved many lives, but the current… More

SBIR Phase I: Nanocomposite Carbon and Graphitic Foams Produced via a Catalytic Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a rapid post-processing technique for carbon and graphitic nanocomposite foams via a catalytic approach. Our novel approach will greatly reduce the post-processing time. The mechanical properties of carbon and graphitic… More

Foamed Composite Cases for Solid Rocket Motors with Insensitive Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: THE UNIV. OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Bobby C. McQuiston
Abstract:
For missile and rockets, any accident during transportation, normal handling, routine operations, or as the result of terrorist or battle stimuli can be devastating. Most rocket motor cases are fabricated from metal alloys. Recent studies have shown that fiber-reinforced polymeric composite cases… More

Filtration of Fluid Media Containing very Fine Heavy Metals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The development of filter materials that can capture fine ferromagnetic and paramagnetic particles, as well as radioactive contaminants, with high efficiency is of great industrial significance in pollution control processes such as water purification and waste-water treatment. The main problem… More

Novel Lightweight Composite System for Anti-Personnel Blast Mine Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Today it is estimated that there are 110 million active Anti-Personnel (AP) mines in the world, and nearly 20 million of these are concentrated in Afghanistan and Iraq. These weapons remain active for decades after a military conflict and are responsible for killing or maiming up to 500 people a… More

Lightweight shipping container for solid rocket motor with Insensitive Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
It is desirable to manufacture shipping containers for large solid rocket motors (SRM) insensitive munitions (IM) up to 50-in in diameter. Shipping or packaging containers of SRM should have good thermal insulation, lightweight, ballistic resistant, high temperature, corrosion resistant, and damage… More

Ultra-Lightweight Self-Deployable SMP Nanocomposite Sandwich for Habitat Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Space deployable and rigidizable structures that are ultra-lightweight, and have gas barrier property, space durability, and high impact resistance are desirable to improve the reliability and launching cost of space habitat structures. Some of the components currently in use such as shelters or… More

Foamed Composite Cases for Solid Rocket Motors with Insensitive Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: THE UNIV. OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Rochelle Athey
Abstract:
For missile and rockets, any accident during transportation, normal handling, routine operations, or as the result of terrorist or battle stimuli can be devastating. Most rocket motor cases are fabricated from metal alloys. Recent studies have shown that fiber-reinforced polymeric composite cases… More

Nanocomposites with Superior EMI Shielding and Structural Properties for Kill Vehicle Housings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Evolving threats in the world require that next generation missile defense systems meet the goals of better performance (improved accuracy and durability), lighter weight, and lower cost. In the late 1980s government agencies and numerous aerospace companies have realized that metals must be… More

SBIR Phase II: Nanocomposite Carbon and Graphitic Foams Produced via a Catalytic Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tang, Dr
Award Amount: $458,663.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will optimize and scale up the processing of the proposed rapid post-processing and nanocomposite technique for microcellular carbon and graphitic foams to possess superior insulating and conducting properties, respectively. Thermal… More

High-Temperature High-Pressure Seals Made from a Novel Polymer System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Seals that can be used at temperatures higher than 225°C and pressures over 5000 psi are needed for both renewable energy applications, such as geothermal drilling, and equipment for industrial processing. Currently-available seals exhibit severe failure at temperatures above 200°C, because… More

SBIR Phase I: Millimeter Wave Planar Structures and Antennas Fabricated from A Novel Polymer System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a new family of MilliMeter Wave (MMW) boards and circuit structures for coplanar antennas applications. In particular, a high temperature, low dielectric constant, and lightweight polymer film as the substrate of the MMW… More

Hybrid Composite Foam-Filled Engine Fan Blades

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Most of the current fan blades of aircraft engines are manufactured from Titanium. In the last decade, high-bypass turbofan engines become very popular for subsonic aircraft because of their high thrust-to-weight ratios and efficient fuel consumption among the existing aircraft engines [1]. Since… More

Lightweight High-Expanding-Temperature Intumescent Coating for Aircraft Engine Nacelle Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $99,798.00
Abstract:
Many fire accidents in aircraft are related to engine nacelle as the environment involving fuel and high temperature. Once fire occur an engine usually lost its operation capability or even explodes. Preventing, suppressing, and extinguishing engine fires are critical engine design factors.… More

Lightweight Hybrid SRM Shipping Container To Defeat Rocket Propelled Grenade

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
MDA is interested in insensitive munitions (IM) technology that can protect large solid rocket motors (SRM) from impact stimuli including rifles, fragment, and rocket propelled grenades (RPG). Current IM propellants exhibit poor IM characteristics for SRM larger than 12-in in diameter. RPG, rifles,… More

Smart Thermal Activated Vents for Large Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Many advanced military weapon systems involve solid rocket motor (SRM) to achieve supersonic speed. Most SRM casings are made from metal alloys. There is an increasing number of SRMs fabricated from polymeric composites because of high performance to weight ratio. The propellants in SRMs are… More

Rapid Cured Composite for Field Armor Installation and Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Current military vehicles mainly use Rolled Homogeneous Armor (RHA) steel to defeat firing arms from enemies. It is very heavy and significantly slow down the mobility of military vehicles. Vehicles manufacturers have explored the use of ceramic plates to protect military vehicles as they have the… More

Ultra-Lightweight Nanocomposite Foams and Sandwich Structures for Space Structures Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng S. Tan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space structures that are ultra-lightweight, and have gas barrier property, space durability, radiation resistance and high impact resistance are desirable to improve the reliability and provide a safe resting environment for astronauts and equipment operation. Some of the components currently in… More

Lightweight shipping container for solid rocket motor with Insensitive Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
It is desirable to manufacture shipping containers for large solid rocket motors (SRM) with insensitive munitions (IM) up to 50-in in diameter. Shipping or packaging containers of SRM should have good thermal insulation, lightweight, ballistic resistant, high temperature and corrosion resistant,… More

2.BIR Phase I: Net-Shape Directionally Reinforced Structural Foams with High Temperature Mechanical Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, PhD
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a family of high temperature closed-cell polymer foams from liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) by a net-shape foaming technique. The proposed low-density LCP composite foams will be processed with directional reinforcements. This… More

Ultra-Lightweight Nanocomposite Foams and Sandwich Structures for Space Structures Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Space structures that are ultra-lightweight, and have gas barrier property, space durability, radiation resistance, EMI shielding, and high impact resistance are desirable to improve the reliability and provide a safe resting environment for astronauts and electronic equipment housing and… More

PAN-based Continuous Nanocomposite Carbon Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: THE UNIV. OF AKRON
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Peggy Kraft
Abstract:
The high strength, superior stiffness, and lightweight characteristics of carbon fibers have created enormous interest as reinforcing element for use in various structures of polymer matrix composites. Approximately 90 percent of all commercial carbon fibers are produced from a PAN precursor. The… More

High-Activation Temperature Intumescent Coating for Passive Aircraft Engine Nacelle Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Many fire accidents in aircraft are related to engine nacelle as the environment involving fuel and high temperature. Once fire occur an engine usually lost its operation capability or even explodes. Preventing, suppressing, and extinguishing engine fires are critical engine design factors.… More

Manufacturing of Nanocomposite Carbon Fibers and Composite Cylinders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Lightweight structures has enormous potential for space vehicles applications as the reduction of weight from metallic structures add to vehicle performance, reduce launching and maintenance costs. The high strength, superior stiffness, and lightweight characteristics of carbon fibers have created… More

Synthesis of Pt-Cu/C Nanofibers for Catalytic Liquid-Phase Hydrogenation of Nitrate Solutions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seng C. Tan, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I project will develop bimetallic platinum copper/carbon nanofibers in a filter media system to react and remove nitrate from drinking water. In the same operation the system will perform filtration and thereby reduce the time for the operation and cost. The bulk of the Phase I… More

Lightweight Composite for Next Generation E-SAPI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The current ballistic material systems for small arms protective inserts in personnel armor are based on ceramic plates with fiber-reinforced composite backing. The current Interceptor OTV (Outer Tactical Vest) and SAPI (Small Arms Protective Inserts) have saved many lives, but the current… More

High Temperature Lightweight Composite Armor for AAA Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, President – (937) 431-8811
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Improved ballistic protection is needed at some areas of the Advanced Amphibious Assault (AAA) vehicles that the temperature exceeds the service temperature of the current ballistic materials, 250 degrees F. Parts of the AAA vehicle may be exposed to over 500 degrees F in the event of an exhaust… More

Space Environment Durable and Flexible Coating for Multi-Junction Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Seng Tan, President – (937) 431-8811
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The development of multi-junction solar cells enables more efficient capture of sunlight that enables them to achieve efficiencies of over 40% as compared to 20% for single junction solar cells. The inverted metamorphic (IMM) solar cell allows them to achieve the same conversion… More