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Freeform Optics for Small Arms Fire Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-20-P-0010
Agency Tracking Number: A19B-003-0082
Amount: $166,413.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19B-T003
Solicitation Number: 19.B
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-19
Small Business Information
15 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 080115461
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Je Kyun Lee
 Principal Scientest
 (781) 243-3793
Business Contact
 Jeanne Hladky
Phone: (781) 243-3792
Research Institution
 University of Massachusetts - Lowell
 Susan C. Puryear, JD Susan C. Puryear, JD
Office of Research Administration 600 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor
Lowell, MA 01854
United States

 (978) 934-4170
 Nonprofit College or University

In this program Optowares Inc., in collaboration with Professor Jay H. Park at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML), proposes to develop a novel technique for uniform dispersion and alignment of short fiber reinforcement in highly loaded composite materials. The new approach combines the cutting-edge polymer composite synthesis and development methods at Optowares with the extensive experience in engineering and simulation of composites within the UML team. The team proposes to develop an advanced flow-induced technique that transports carbon fiber/water suspension via multi-channel spinneret. The proposed method addresses two main challenges of this solicitation: i) uniform dispersion of the fibers by minimizing mutually strong cohesion between them, and ii) developing a robust and scalable apparatus that can highly orient fibers. The engineering aspects of fiber dispersion/orientation will be investigated with multiscale simulations to understand the dynamic flow behavior and aid with efficient processing optimization. The current proposed technique is the most scalable continuous process that can be well-integrated into an existing infrastructure with a mechanical rolling capability. The overall aims of this program are i) to bring laboratory-demonstrated technique to practical production of composite materials for Army applications and ii) to demonstrate the economic viability for commercial manufacturing.

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