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Department of Defense
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2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Flame Resistant HybridSil Matrices for Affordable, Next Generation Shipboard Carbon Fiber Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-11-M-0331
Award Amount: $80,000.00


The objective of this Phase I STTR is to design and qualify affordable, flame resistant HybridSil copolymers that may be integrated within carbon fiber reinforced composites in place of brominated vinyl esters for improved fire resistance, negligible smoke toxicity, and enhanced mechanical properties. Equally important, down-selected copolymer matrices will provide tailorable room and low temperature rheological and curing properties compatible within VARTM processing. To that end, NanoSonic and the polymer and composite processing group of Virginia Tech"s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program will work to augment NanoSonic"s Fire and Blast protective HybridSil materials for use as flame resistant matrices for carbon fiber composites. This innovative material technology has undergone extensive fire evaluation (ASTM E-1354, ASTM E-1321, ASTM E-84) and has passed the full scale ISO 9705 room corner burn test for qualification as a"fire restrictive material"per the IMO. HybridSil has also demonstrated blast protective properties through 0.50 cal FSP V50 (MIL-STD-662F) and buried C4 landmine testing with SwRI. Based on a current production capacity of 8,000 lbs/ day, HybridSil has a cost estimate of ~ $9 - 10 / lb, and the molecular modifications for transitioning this technology will not elevate this threshold.

Principal Investigator:

Vince Baranauskas
(540) 626-6266

Business Contact:

Lisa Lawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 626-6266
Small Business Information at Submission:

NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541877635
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Tech
142 B Randolph Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0000
Contact: Donald G. Baird
Contact Phone: (540) 231-3297