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Polymer System for Aerospace Mirror Applications

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Materials Technology, Inc.
9324 Mandrake Court Tampa, FL 33647-3289
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Polymer System for Aerospace Mirror Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5050
Award Amount: $99,999.00


Advanced Materials Technology, Inc responds to the DoD needs to develop novel polymer-based materials for aerospace mirror applications in missile defense systems. Compared to the current state-of-art mirror materials, polymeric materials will provide considerable weight and cost savings. In order to prevent significant figure error and "fiber print through", these materials should have low and tailorable coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), low coefficient of moisture expansion (CME), low cure shrinkage, low internal stresses, low outgassing, and high thermal and environmental stability. It is also required that surface figure be less than wavelength/20 and surface roughness be less than 2 nm. We propose to develop a multicomponent polymeric system that will meet the desired requirements. We shall develop polymer systems with "tunable" properties though optimizing polymer characteristics and processing parameters, thus satisfactorily fulfilling aerospace mirror requirements. The ultimate goal of the program is the development of zero CTE polymers. The morphology and physical properties of the polymer systems will be evaluated. Once the feasibility of the concept of low/near zero CTE polymers using the proposed technology is demonstrated in Phase I, we shall scale-up this concept in a Phase II program to meet DoD requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Akbar G. Fard
Principal Scientist

Business Contact:

Akbar G. Fard
Small Business Information at Submission:

10814 Preservation View Dr, Suite 205 Tampa, FL 33626

EIN/Tax ID: 201186613
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
South Dakota School of Mines & Tech
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Contact: Christopher H. Jenk
Contact Phone: (605) 394-2406
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university