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Advanced Flame Resistant Resin System for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite…

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Technova Corporation
3927 Dobie Road Okemos, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Advanced Flame Resistant Resin System for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite Shipboard Applications
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-12-C-0432
Award Amount: $500,000.00


Efforts to replace metals with composites in shipboard applications have emphasized the use of brominated vinyl esters as fire-retardant polymers. Despite their relatively low cost and ease of fabrication, such halogenated polymers produce toxic and potentially carcinogenic gases; their compatibility with carbon fibers is also less than desirable. There is thus a need for environmentally friendly and affordable polymers that offer desired fire resistance, processability, structural performance and compatibility with carbon fibers. This challenge is addressed in the project by developing a modified epoxy chemistry which employs the organic-inorganic hybridization principle. Chemical integration of phosphorus- and silicon-based compounds into selected epoxy systems yielded a single, inherently flame-retardant polymer structure with a desired balance of fire, smoke and toxicity behavior, compatibility with the resin-infusion approach to room-temperature processing of composites, thermo-mechanical performance, bonding characteristics, and economics. The Phase II project will optimize this modified epoxy chemistry, and will undertake laboratory investigations and scale-up efforts towards qualification of the new polymer composite for use in shipboard structures. The proposed project will be implemented in a base (Phase II) and two option steps, and will be guided by the experience gained in successful qualification of composites for use in Naval surface combatants.

Principal Investigator:

Anagi Balchandra
Project Manager
(517) 485-9583

Business Contact:

Farangis Jamzadeh
Vice President
(517) 485-9583
Small Business Information at Submission:

Technova Corporation
3927 Dobie Road Okemos, MI -

EIN/Tax ID: 383591989
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-
Contact: Gordon L. Nelson
Contact Phone: (321) 674-7231