Self-Healing, Self-Diagnosing Fiber Reinforced Multifunctional Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132T-10-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-096-0080
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-096
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
CU Aerospace
2100 South Oak St., Suite 206, Champaign, IL, 61820
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041929402
Principal Investigator:
Chris Mangun
Senior Scientist
(217) 333-8279
cmangun@cuaerospace.com
Business Contact:
David Carroll
Vice President and COO
(217) 333-8274
carroll@cuaerospace.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Multifunctional composite materials would alleviate longstanding problems in composite structures associated with multiple types of damage mechanisms such as mechanical/thermal fatigue, microcracking, and debonding. Self-healing polymers consist of a healing agent that is stored in microcapsules and released whenever cracking occurs in the polymer. The healing agent flows into the cracks and is polymerized in place, effectively sealing the cracks and allowing the material to recover structural function. Repair of damage is accomplished automatically and without human intervention, improving performance and service-life. The team of CU Aerospace (CUA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will develop a self-healing resin as the matrix phase for a self-healing structural composite for a wide variety of military and commercial applications. CUA will also investigate the potential for multiple healing events and sensing techniques to monitor composite degradation.

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