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Single-Walled Nanotube Composite Structures for Ballistic Missile Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F33615-02-M-5038
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0591
Amount: $69,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
350 Second Ave.
Waltham, MA 02451
United States
DUNS: 019677178
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Margaret Roylance
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 622-5532
Business Contact
 Ross Olander
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (781) 684-4242
Research Institution

"Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) possess a unique combination of high strength, high modulus and high elongation. Before the benefits of these materials can be realized in BMD structural applications, SWNT fillers must be made compatible with thethermosetting resins traditionally used in these applications so that load transfer into the nanotubes can be accomplished. In the proposed program, Foster-Miller and its team will develop the necessary technology to accomplish this objective. Theprogram includes: Improvement in dispersion and blending techniques to provide highly dispersed SWNT in selected organic solvents; development of improved nanotube surface modification techniques to stabilize solvent based dispersions and provide amechanism for load transfer from an organic matrix into the SWNT;characterization and testing of materials at the lab scale to verify properties; andfabrication of a demonstration structure employing SWNT-reinforced composite.This effort falls under the umbrella of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which has as its goal the development of materials and technology to support the "next industrial revolution". To conduct the proposed work, Foster-Miller has assembled astrong team including a major producer of high-technology solid rocket motors for space, defense, and commercial launch applications and a supplier of single-walled carbon nanotubes. (P-020212) The properties of single-walled nano

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