Novel Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2003-33610-13054
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-00562
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Cara Plastics
1 Innovation Way, Ste. 301, Newark, DE, 19711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Richard Chapas
(912) 571-1552
rich.chapas@caraplastics.com
Business Contact:
Richard Chapas
Chief Operating Officer
(302) 622-7070
rich.chapas@caraplastics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Composites today are based on petroleum-based polymers and energy intensive fiber glass. Our dependency on petroleum results in carbon dioxide emissions, which can be harmful to the environment. The purpose of this project is to prepare and test specific resins from natural oils for their compatibility with natural fibers, and the properties necessary for structural applications of composites made from utilizing these bio-resins and bio-fibers in the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process. If this project is successful, the resultant composites will find application in a wide variety of end-uses from automotive to housing to packaging. These composites will reduce our dependency on petroleum and result in a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

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