Conductive Liquid Crystalline Elastomer Composite For Aircraft Gap Treatment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F49620-03-C-0050
Award Id:
62647
Agency Tracking Number:
F033-0286
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
130020209
Principal Investigator:
Tat Hung Tong
Chief Scientist-Chemistry
(937) 320-1877
tongth@crgrp.net
Business Contact:
Patrick Hood
President
(937) 320-1877
hoodpj@crgrp.net
Research Institution:
LIQUID CRYSTAL INSTITUTE
Liang-Chy Chien
Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH, 44242
(330) 672-3827
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. and Liquid Crystal Institute of Kent State University jointly propose to develop and demonstrate material technologies enabling conductive liquid crystalline elastomer composite for aircraft gap treatment. This programwill design and experimentally characterize multiple candidate formulations to develop conductive elastomer materials tailored for this application. It will establish correlation between material synthesis and processing conditions with performance anddemonstrate feasibility of employing conductive liquid crystalline elastomer as aircraft gap treatment material. The proposed conductive elastomer composite provide the means to enhance performance and improve increase service life by increasing theelasticity and reducing tendency of compression set. It will also reduce operational cost by reducing weight of the conductive filler. The proposed program will also develop processing technologies to use conducting liquid crystalline elastomer compositefor field repair of gap treatment material. This suite of new technologies will address the drawbacks of conventional metal filled elastomer gap treatment materials. Operational Benefits: 1. Enhance electrical conductivity of by tailoring conductingpolymer network microstructure within elastomer through liquid crystal template synthesis. 2. Reduce weight of resulting conducting elastomer and reduce operating cost3. Enhance durability and performance by improving elasticity and reducing compression set. 4. Easily processable into final product by molding.Commercial Applications:1. EMI shielding for wiring and electronic instruments2. Electrostatic Dissipation in packaging and flooring materials

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