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Thermoplastic Composite Lockers for Hazardous Material Storage on Navy Ships

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
WV 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV 26059-1139
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Thermoplastic Composite Lockers for Hazardous Material Storage on Navy Ships
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00167-11-P-0074
Award Amount: $79,999.00


Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd (Touchstone) is proposing to use a building-block approach to develop an innovative all-composite solution to solve the Calcium Hypochlorite storage locker problem that the Navy is currently facing. An all-composite storage locker will eliminate corrosion maintenance almost entirely, will reduce weight compared to metallic lockers, and can be designed to meet fire and shock requirements. Touchstone proposes utilizing thermoplastic composite materials technology, which, in addition to being lightweight, high in strength, and impact-resistant, offers excellent chemical resistance. Thermoplastic composites, such as Tegris (made by Milliken & Company), contain polypropylene fibers that reinforce a lower melt temperature polypropylene matrix. Lightweight, high shear strength core materials, such as CFOAM Carbon Foam (made by Touchstone), may also be utilized in the locker to increase stiffness, minimize weight, and increase fire, smoke and toxicity (FS & T) resistance.

Principal Investigator:

Jesse Blacker
Program Manager
(304) 547-5800

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Kraftician
(304) 547-5800
Small Business Information at Submission:

Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No