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Flexible High-Barrier Polymers for Food Packaging

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90735
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
084959
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X12
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EIC LABORATORIES, INC.
111 DOWNEY ST NORWOOD, MA 02062-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Flexible High-Barrier Polymers for Food Packaging
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CB04C
Award Amount: $599,999.00
 

Abstract:

The development of a polymer laminate with water and oxygen barrier properties suitable for food packaging and preservation on 3-5 year manned space exploration missions is proposed. The laminate is a multilayer structure comprising polymer and inorganic dielectrics that will provide near-hermetic encapsulation of food items for the duration of these missions. In Phase I, flexible polymer barriers with an oxygen transport rate of <0.005 cc/m2-day and water transport rate of <0.005 g/m2-day were developed. The barriers contain no metal foils, have a areal density of <34 g/m2 for a 40 micron thick film, and tolerate high temperature sterilization treatments. The polymer laminates are mechanically robust exhibiting a 165MPa yield strength, 200MPa tensile strength, 550MPa tensile modulus, and 3% elongation to yield. In Phase II, we propose to optimize barrier properties to reduce weight, minimize ash on incineration, develop heat-sealing methods, and expand the testing to include heat sealed enclosures. The Phase II effort also includes a collaboration with a potential high-volume manufacturer of the barrier films for aerospace applications.

Principal Investigator:

Stuart Cogan
Principal Investigator
7817819450
scogan@eiclabs.com

Business Contact:

David Rauh
Business Official
7817819450
drauh@eiclabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

EIC Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street Norwood, MA 02062

EIN/Tax ID: 042497074
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No