E-Beam Cured Materials for Composite Mirrors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-5049
Award Id:
69763
Agency Tracking Number:
B045-006-0087
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:
Greg Karst
Research Engineer
(937) 320-1877
karstga@crgrp.net
Business Contact:
Patrick Hood
President
(937) 320-1877
hoodpj@crgrp.net
Research Institute:
Univ of Dyaton Research Institute
Robert P Boehmer
300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469
(937) 229-2919
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), and partner University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) will develop a suite of materials and processes as enabling technology for achieving the radical production time and cost reductions envisioned by the replication approach to producing composite mirrors for aerospace optics. CRG will formulate and demonstrate a high-performance polymer resin cured at or near room temperature via electron-beam (e-beam) processing. E-beam cure will enable exploitation of the high-performance resin (e.g., cyanate ester or bismaleimide) in precision aerospace applications such as replica optics where conventional thermal cure processes prevent its use due to thermally induced distortions. UDRI will design and demonstrate means for optimizing e-beam cure processes for epoxy resins to yield stiffness and strength compatible with some aerospace applications. UDRI will also improve epoxy-based composites' strength, stiffness, and thermal properties through incorporation of functionalized carbon nanofibers.

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