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Processing of Ultra-Lightweight Microcellular Foams from POSS-PMMA Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F04611-02-M-0055
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0888
Amount: $69,999.00
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
1187 Richfield Center
Beavercreek, OH 45430
United States
DUNS: 783569528
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Seng Tan
 (937) 431-8811
Business Contact
 Seng Tan
Title: President
Phone: (937) 431-8811
Research Institution

"This proposal is submitted in response to BMDO SBIR solicitation 02-006#5. Conventional processing techniques for polymer foams involve multiple steps and the blowing agent used is toxic. Those foams are mostly over 3 pcf in density and suffer from theserious problems of moisture infusion and retention that leads to structural degradation and damage. The efficiency of thermal and sound insulation is less effective because of their open connected channels. In this Phase I research we propose a noveltechnique to process ultra-lightweight microcellular foams that does not use or release any hazardous chemicals/gases. We will foam ultra-lightweight POSS-PMMA with densities ranging from 0.5 to 3 pcf. POSS-PMMA nanocomposite has low thermalconductivity as it contains Silica and PMMA. Ultra-lightweight microcellular foams processed from this nanocomposite will be thermal insulators. It will also have excellent strength and stiffness to weight ratio, barrier properties, and superior impactand damage resistant properties. Once exposed to flame or very high temperature these microcellular foams will form a ceramic layer on the exterior surfaces and protect the underneath materials. Sandwich structures can be fabricated using these POSS-PMMAnanocomposite foams by heat pressing, thereby reduce manufacturing and assembling costs. The proposed research will result in a new generation of ultra-low density, damage resistant microcellular foams

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