Self-Healing Non-Catalytic Multifunctional Composite Structure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0446
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-007-0461
Amount: $99,333.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T007
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
13012 Appaloosa Chase Drive, Austin, TX, 78732
DUNS: 832003045
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Aureliano Perez
 President
 (512) 670-6182
 alperez4@yahoo.com
Business Contact
 Aureliano Perez
Title: President
Phone: (512) 670-6182
Email: alperez4@yahoo.com
Research Institution
 Texas State University - San Marcos
 Bill Covington
 601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX, 78666
 (512) 245-2314
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Areas of research relating to self-healing composites structures have been undertaken by well-known and respected institutions under the auspices of the Department of Defense. Patent literature and public technical communiqué describe their novel engineering approaches using microencapsulated systems that release polymeric healing agents through suitable mechanisms. While these approaches have merit, the choices of polymer materials used in this design are limited. Our unique expertise has allowed us to correctly identify reaction kinetics and manufacturing processes that presently restrict the use of eminently more suitable polymer systems for this application. We propose revolutionary treatments of encapsulant shells and core healing agents. A team of polymer chemists and polymer engineers, coupled with commercial micro-encapsulation experts, will conduct novel monomer, co-monomer and prepolymer syntheses, and introduce polymer engineering processes that will enable the long-awaited employment of compounds which, to date, have not been successfully encapsulated. Our insight into aspects of physical polymer chemistry, chemical synthesis, and polymer engineering principals will allowed us to implement and develop our novel concept to circumvent long-standing challenges. We will prove feasibility and practicality of our approach, and use those results to introduce a new process and new materials to the microencapsulation and composite industries.

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