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ZnO Nanowire Interleave for Enhanced Interlaminar Strength

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
HARP Engineering, LLC
FL Gainesville, FL 32608-9077
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: ZnO Nanowire Interleave for Enhanced Interlaminar Strength
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-11-C-0320
Award Amount: $750,000.00


The objective of this SBIR research project is to develop a treatment for interlaminar reinforcement that maintains the composite"s in-plane properties. Because the interlaminar region is a critical component of the composite and no current technology adequately addresses its weaknesses, this research has the potential for major commercial and technological impacts. The current technology gap to address the interlaminar strength and the DoDs high demand for improved composites will offer numerous opportunities to insert our technology into a range of defense applications. The interlaminar reinforcement has been accomplished through the treatment of prepreg. Unlike existing treatments, the technology developed in this effort is low cost, environmentally benign, compatible with prepreg processing, can be extended to a production-scale and does not require advanced tooling or resin transfer processes (although it can be blended into the polymer prior to impregnation or RTM).

Principal Investigator:

Michael Garcia
Research Scientist
(480) 205-1202

Business Contact:

Henry Sodano
Chief Technology Officer
(480) 205-1202
Small Business Information at Submission:

HARP Engineering LLC
1716 South Sycamore Mesa, AZ -

EIN/Tax ID: 270677532
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No