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POSS-Based Conformal Coating with Active Tin Whisker Mitigation Properties

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
86435
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-027-0321
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VISTA ENGINEERING & CONSULTING, LLC
1500 1st Ave. No Suite B117 Birmingham, AL 35203-5203
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: POSS-Based Conformal Coating with Active Tin Whisker Mitigation Properties
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0065
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

It is proposed that a Phase I SBIR be conducted to evaluate the feasibility of developing a POSS-based (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes) coating that performs the multifunctional needs of a conformal coating that actively mitigates tin whisker growth. New conformal coating materials are needed to mitigate the risk of tin whisker caused short circuits on electronic assemblies. Development of a new conformal coating that successfully prevents tin whisker penetration would greatly reduce the risk of tin whisker induced failure over the service life of a military system. POSS, with its nano-SiO molecular structure, has unique properties as a coating that make it environmentally stable, an excellent moisture barrier, and nonvolatile. These unique properties of the POSS feed stock present an unusual opportunity to the electronics industry; a conformal coating that also actively mitigates tin whisker nucleation and growth through chemical interaction with the tin oxide surface. Vista Engineering, working with a Hybrid Plastics' patented formulation will test a group of the POSS derivatives and application variables during Phase I and select a set of promising POSS formulations for Phase II development.

Principal Investigator:

John Cassimus
Metallurgical Engineer
2053076550
jcassimus@vistaeng.com

Business Contact:

Raymond Thompson
Manager
2053076550
rthompson@vistaeng.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VISTA ENGINEERING & CONSULTING, LLC
1500 1st Ave. No Suite B117 Birmingham, AL 35203

EIN/Tax ID: 203435863
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No