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Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based Intelligent-Aerosurface System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-038-0991
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-038
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
Metis Design Corporation
10 Canal Park Suite 601 Cambridge, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based Intelligent-Aerosurface System
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-11-C-0424
Award Amount: $497,576.00
 

Abstract:

Metis Design proposes the development of a novel intelligent-aerosurface system for ice-detection, de-icing, anti-icing and structural diagnostics in fixed-wing leading-edges and rotorcraft rotor-blades. The basis for the system is carbon nanotube (CNT) enhancements embedded within composite laminates in conjunction with direct write (DW) electrodes patterned on a flexible abrasion-proof substrate. CNT provide improved delamination & fracture toughness to the material, but also introduce multifunctional capabilities by virtue of their excellent thermal and electrical conductivity. Impact detection can be achieved by observing changes in local resistivity. Ice-detection is based on effective heat capacity, where power is applied to the CNT through DW electrodes for a brief period, and the temperature rise is recorded with DW thermocouples. The slope of that rise can been well correlated to the thickness of ice present on the surface. For de-icing (melting) and anti-icing (prevention of ice formation) a resistive heating principal will be used. A sparse network of DW electrodes will be applied to an abrasion-resistant layer and bonded to the CNT-enhanced composite, and when voltage is applied the CNT will heat due to their small but finite resistance value. Due to their high thermal conductivity, heat will be distributed relatively evenly throughout the aerosurface.

Principal Investigator:

Seth Kessler
President
(617) 661-5616
skessler@metisdesign.com

Business Contact:

Seth Kessler
President
(617) 661-5616
skessler@metisdesign.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Metis Design Corporation
10 Canal Park Suite 601 Cambridge, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043670030
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No