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CFOAM Durable Composite Tooling with High Performance Cement Coatings

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / 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: 2012
Title: CFOAM Durable Composite Tooling with High Performance Cement Coatings
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-12-C-0286
Award Amount: $79,997.00


Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd. proposes to develop a composite tooling technology based on its CFOAM structural carbon foam as a core material with High Performance Cement (HPC) coatings. This approach will evaluate low CTE HPC coatings that have previously demonstrated a high degree of compatibility with CFOAM in high-temperature environments and will leverage Touchstone"s experience in developing and commercializing CFOAM rapid prototype tools, which can be fabricated in 7 days. The HPC coatings to be evaluated are X-Pando, Aremco 551RN, and Graphibond 669. Touchstone will evaluate the performance of these HPC coatings at 0.125"and 0.25"thicknesses over CFOAM20 and CFOAM30 substrates (20 and 30 lbs per cubic-ft density). Test samples will be thermally cycled at 450degreesF (50 cycles) and evaluated for stress-cracking, hardness, flat-wise tensile strength, and vacuum integrity. All key raw materials to be tested are rated for 1,000degreesF continuous use applications. The potential for these tools to perform 450degreesF post-cures is clearly feasible.

Principal Investigator:

Harry Danford
CFOAM Product 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