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Diamond-like Carbon Coatings on Polymers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
86233
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O082-H10-3068
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Acree Technologies Incorporated
1980 Olivera Ave Suite D Concord, CA 94520-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Diamond-like Carbon Coatings on Polymers
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0746
Award Amount: $749,981.00
 

Abstract:

In the Phase-I an innovative coating was demonstrated that provides increased resistance to abrasion and scratching, excellent optical properties and increased ballistic protection. The coating consists of a unique plasma pretreatment of the polycarbonate to improve adhesion and a combination of layers forming a grading in the mechanical properties from the soft polycarbonate to a hard overcoat. Using this process, coatings with a 10x improvement in abrasion resistance, excellent optical matching to the polycarbonate, and improved ballistic performance relative to industry standard siloxane hard coatings was demonstrated. The Phase-II project builds upon the excellent Phase-I results by optimizing the coating process and design, refining the grading of the mechanical properties and introducing surface modifications of the polycarbonate for improved hardness. The coatings will be evaluated per MilSpec standards for ballistic performance, abrasion resistance, chemical exposure, and environmental durability. The end goal will be a manufacturing process capable of supplying low cost, highly abrasion resistant coatings on polycarbonate lenses and visors with significantly improved ballistic protection for the warfighter.

Principal Investigator:

Jeff Brown
Senior Scientist
9257985770
jbrown@acreetech.com

Business Contact:

Mike McFarland
President
9257985770
mcfarland@acreetech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ACREE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1980 Olivera Ave Suite D Concord, CA 94520

EIN/Tax ID: 201250852
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No