Novel Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2003-33610-13054
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-00562
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
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
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Chapas
 (912) 571-1552
 rich.chapas@caraplastics.com
Business Contact
 Richard Chapas
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (302) 622-7070
Email: 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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