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Lightweight EMI-Resistant Metal Rubber Wiring for Rotorcraft

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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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 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Lightweight EMI-Resistant Metal Rubber Wiring for Rotorcraft
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911W6-11-C-0052
Award Amount: $729,997.00


NanoSonics breakthrough Metal RubberTM technology can be used to significantly reduce the weight and improve the EMI/EMC performance of electrical communication, instrumentation and power cables onboard Army helicopters. Metal Rubber is a self-assembled nanocomposite with an electrical conductivity on the order of that of copper (107 S/m). Its low mass density (1 gm/cm3) is about a tenth of that of copper (8.98 gm/cm3), meaning that by replacing copper conductors and shielding in wiring and cabling can save up to 90% in weight. During Phase I, NanoSonic fabricated prototype cables using Metal Rubber sheet and fabric, measured and documented weight savings up to 90% over metal wire and mesh used in standard military cable designs, demonstrated MIL-STD-1553 data bus communication, confirmed order-of-magnitude weight savings and EMI/EMI shielding performance over standard 1553 triax, and documented exceptional environmental ruggedness. During Phase II, NanoSonic would optimize cable design, fabricate hundreds of meters of prototype cable using a small-scale cable production system, verify electrical and mechanical performance through laboratory testing, and provide test cables for demonstration onboard Army helicopters at Fort Eustis. NanoSonic has a CAI of 40, works with several major defense contractors and has several specialized materials installed onboard multiple fielded defense platforms.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Claus
(540) 626-6266

Business Contact:

Lisa Lawson
Associate Contracts Admin
(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