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Polymer Matrix Composite Materials for Lightning Strike Mitigation

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Sensintel Inc.
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop Tucson, AZ 85706-5013
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Polymer Matrix Composite Materials for Lightning Strike Mitigation
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL07AA73P
Award Amount: $99,774.00


In this phase I SBIR program, a team led by Advanced Ceramics Research Inc. (ACR) propose a novel, low-cost manufacturing process for multi-functional polymer composite components with improved lightning strike mitigation and EMI shielding capabilities. The proposed program will develop and demonstrate a process for manufacturing complex-geometry composite parts with tailored lightning strike mitigation capability based on design requirements. This process is a natural extension of the ACR water-soluble tooling process for fabricating complex-geometry polymer composite parts as well as filament wound composite tanks. For the proposed phase I program, the ACR-led team will use a novel process to create a highly conductive surface capable of providing the necessary lightning strike protection and EMI shielding. The ACR team will evaluate the new approach with two different space qualified matrix polymers with graphite fibers and compare the surface conductivity with baseline composite systems.

Principal Investigator:

Ranji O. Vaidyanathan
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Ranji R. Vaidyanathan
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Ceramics Research, Inc.
3292 E Hemisphere Loop Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860640868
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No