Hierarchical Shape Recovery Polymer Nanocomposites (PNCs) for Next Generation Aerosystem Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5017
Agency Tracking Number: F041-143-1750
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-143
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tat Tong
 Chief Scientist
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Patrick Hood
Title: President
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Email: hoodpj@crgrp.net
Research Institution
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. proposes to develop hierarchical shape memory (recovery) polymer (SMP) nanocomposite material technologies and demonstrate their performance enhancement in terms of efficiency of energy recovery, extent of strain recovery, energy budget (power) necessary for actuation, temperature range of operation, and reproducibility upon deformation cycling. In addition, novel triggering mechanisms of actuation beyond direct thermal heating will also be explored. This program will design and experimentally characterize multiple candidate formulations to develop SMP nanocomposites. It will establish correlation between material formulations and processing conditions with performance and demonstrate feasibility of employing nanoparticles to enhance the performance of shape memory (recovery) polymers. The proposed SMP nanocomposites provide the means to enhance performance of current SMP and enable alternative triggering mechanisms for actuation. This suite of new material technologies will address the drawbacks of current shape recovery materials.

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