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Processing of High Tg Polymers for Aircraft Canopies using a Supermicrocellular…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
36592
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
36592
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
WRIGHT MATERIALS RESEARCH CO.
1187 Richfield Center Beavercreek, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Processing of High Tg Polymers for Aircraft Canopies using a Supermicrocellular Foaming Technique
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N/A
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 systems are needed to fully utilize advanced weapon systems. Conventional processing techniques for high Tg polymers have encountered a coloration problem as the specimen become thicker. We propose a supermicrocellular foaming technique using the principle thermodynamic instability to process aircraft canopy system. The cell size of a supermicrocellular foram (submicrons) is smaller than the wavelength of visible light (0.4-0.7) so the majority of light will be transmitted through the material without being deflected.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Seng C. Tan
9376430007

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Wright Materials Research Co.
3591 Apple Grove Dr. Beavercreek, OH 45430

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